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Man arrested for home invasion, friend shot

By Associated Press
Published On: May 15 2014 10:59:42 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

A 37-year-old Billings man is charged in a home invasion in which a second suspected burglar was shot in the leg.
    
Danny Jo Lira made an initial appearance in Justice Court Tuesday on charges of felony aggravated burglary by accountability and obstructing a peace officer.  His bail was set at $50,000 and his District Court arraignment was set for May 23.
    
Charging documents allege Lira and Christopher James Michelotti forced their way into a house late Sunday, causing its six residents - including a 5-month-old baby - to retreat to the basement.
    
The homeowner warned that if the suspected burglars followed, he would shoot.
    
Court records say when Michelotti started down the basement stairs with a handgun, the homeowner shot him in the leg. Michelotti was taken to the hospital.