Substance abuse does not justify bad behavior
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 — Two years ago William “Billy” Altes broke into our home in the wee hours of the morning. Today Altes sits in jail, accused of murdering a woman exactly my same age.
If we had a dollar for every person who told us “if it were my house, he would have been a dead man,” we’d be rich.
But consider the circumstances. A gun, locked and loaded, stays right next to the side of my bed. I know how to use it.
Altes broke into our bedroom, and later told police he even lay on our bed. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it) we weren’t in it. We were sleeping in another room because we were in the middle of painting the master bedroom.