Minister pleads guilty to shooting granddaughter
A Rochester minister who shot his granddaughter after mistaking her for an intruder has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.
Stanley Warren Wilkinson, 61, was charged with one count of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety.
The Post-Bulletin of Rochester reports his sentencing was set Monday for April 15. The charge carries a maximum of five years in prison.
Wilkinson, a Seventh-Day Adventist pastor, told police he grabbed his pistol after hearing a noise outside his house Dec. 10 and fired two rounds after seeing what he thought was someone trying to open the deck door. It turned out to be his 16-year-old granddaughter, who was struck once in the neck.
She had been living with her grandparents and told police she left the house without telling them.
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