The saga of the Point Lookout naked intruder wrapped up this summer when Benjamin Prue, 26, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after three. The unusual story of a standout athlete and privileged young man from Trumbull who excelled in college before falling to drugs came to a head publicly July 21, 2012 when he was shot by a Milford resident trying to protect his home and himself from Prue. \u201cIt was an evening like any other summer evening until\u2014 until \u2014 until it wasn\u2019t,\u201d said Senior Assistant State\u2019s Attorney Charles Stango during court proceedings, which wrapped up in July. Gerald Mirto, 68, was at his home, a water front home in one of Milford\u2019s most affluent neighborhoods, \u201ca home that he had worked a large part of his life to acquire,\u201d according to a court transcript. \u201cHe was there,\u201d Stango said. \u201cHe heard a disturbance outside, and he came across Mr. Prue, who, as your Honor is aware, was stripped naked of his clothing, and on his property.\u201d Mirto told the court about the evening he still struggles to come to grips with. Prue, high on several potent drugs, according to court testimony, doesn\u2019t remember it. There was a cool breeze outside on that summer evening at about 10 p.m. and Mirto had his windows open. He heard a noise, and he went upstairs to get a better look at the ground around his home. \u201cAnd I saw a person on the seawall popping his head up and down, peeking \u2014 like he was peeking onto the property. I put a cell phone and a handgun in my pocket,\u201d Mirto said. Mirto had never fired that gun. He saw Prue, naked, trying to get in a window of his house. Mirto asked the young man to leave. He thought the young man had been swimming and perhaps got disoriented. Instead of leaving, Prue attacked him. \u201cIt happened so fast, and he was so agile, and so quick. He was at my throat choking me. He was punching me. We struggled.\u201d Mirto said it was a lucky thing for him that he outweighed Prue quite a bit. Mirto pushed Prue out of his living room and onto the deck. Prue fell down a step, and Mirto fell on top of him. Prue continued verbal threats, like, \u201cI\u2019m going to get you.\u201d Mirto said the whole thing was surreal \u2014 and \u201ceverything just slows down.\u201d He tried to hold the young man, but Prue bit his arm and they skirmished more. Mirto got away from Prue, yelled for help, yelled for someone to call 9-1-1. But no one responded, and he pulled the small gun from his pocket and tried to shoot it in the air. It didn\u2019t fire. As he reached for his cell phone, Prue attacked him again. Mirto pushed back, and got Prue outside and kept telling the young man to \u201cgo, go, go.\u201d At that point, Mirto thought he had gotten Prue to leave. The homeowner then went inside, up the stairs, and grabbed another gun, another weapon he had never fired before, went downstairs and started to call 9-1-1. \u201cI couldn\u2019t\u2019 believe it, but he came back into the house, the second time, more threats. He started grabbing at things, and then he came toward me again, and I fired the gun,\u201d Mirto said. Mirto doesn\u2019t know what happened immediately after, except that Prue was out of his house and according to testimony, he finally got to call 9-1-1. When police arrived, they found Prue, injured and hiding in the water off the beach. He was taken to the hospital and later arrested, ending in part a traumatic event for Mirto. Mirto told the court he lost his sense of security that night and likely won\u2019t feel safe in his house again. A former high school counselor and school psychologist, Mirto said he didn\u2019t want the court to be overly harsh on the young man with the drug problem \u2014 but he and his wife believed Prue should be punished appropriately for his actions. \u201cMy sense of security, I don\u2019t know if I\u2019ll ever get that back,\u201d he said. \u201cI hate air conditioning, and now I have to close all the windows and doors. And you know, that nice cool breeze off the ocean, you know, I rarely get to experience. When I let my dog out at night in the back yard, is there someone there? It has traumatically affected me.\u201d Mirto and his attorney asked the court for a sentence of 12 years, suspended after 6, which was actually harsher than what the judge ultimately decreed. Mirto and his attorney felt that would see the young man taking responsibility for his actions. During court proceedings, Mirto said he and his attorney \u201cdidn\u2019t want to be totally punitive, and aggressive, and felt that this young man could possibly, in the future, help other drug addicted people, that he might turn his life around, that he might even take some counseling for himself, and even do some counseling of young offenders, when he is released.\u201d In addition to the memories of being attacked that night, Mirto also struggles with memories of shooting Prue, Stango said. \u201cYou don\u2019t always take into consideration what happens to the person who pulls the trigger in a case like this,\u201d Stango said. Mirto said simply, \u201cI am happy that he is not dead. I am happy that I am not dead.\u201d Editor\u2019s Note: This article is the first of two parts. Part II will focus on testimony on behalf of Benjamin Prue and will appear in next week\u2019s Milford Mirror.