Neighborhood divided after judge grants shock probation to man who shot 12-year-old


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 1:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – On Monday a judge granted shock probation for a man who shot a 12-year-old in the back.

The decision to let 57-year-old Michael Bishop out of prison after serving 100 days has split a community.
Neighbors tell me they are both scared Bishop is released and others are happy he is getting freed.
But there is one thing they all agree on, that 10 years was just too long of sentence.

To some the decision to let 57-year-old Michael Bishop out from behind bars after only 100 days is a slap on the wrist.

“Was it wrong to trespass? Was it wrong to ring the bell? Sure it was stupid,” Rex Lagerstrom, neighbor said. “But kids do stupid stuff all the time and it's up to us not to shoot them.”

“I feel like we've been wronged. It’s the justice system we have. Nothing can justify what Jacob has been through it doesn’t matter,” John and Jeniffers Eberhle, parent of 12-year-old, said. 

To others he paid a price.

A neighborhood torn over the life of a child nearly stolen.

Bishop pleaded guilty to shooting Jacob Eberle with a 12 gauge shotgun.

On Monday the court room was filled with emotion.

Dozens of letters poured in from neighbors in support of Bishop and in support of the Eberle family.

Days in a orange prison jumpsuit now over for Bishop...but a community is left recovering