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Grandfather Who Shot Granddaughter Pleads Guilty

Posted at: 02/25/2013 5:29 PM
Updated at: 02/25/2013 5:39 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- A Rochester pastor who accidentally shot his granddaughter, plead guilty Monday in Olmsted county court.

Stan Wilkinson shot his granddaughter back in December when he mistook her for an intruder.

He pleaded guilty to intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety. Through a plea deal Olmsted County lowered the charges against Wilkinson from a felony to a gross misdemeanor.

A release from Wilkinson's attorney states that the plea agreement is Wilkinson’s acknowledgment of the seriousness of the event. And that it also reflects his desire not to prolong the process so his family can move on from this terrible event.
     
Olmsted County attorney Mark Ostrem says Wilkinson will most likely not serve jail time.

"You look at what the victim wants, you look at the circumstances surrounding who the defendant is, the resources that person may have as far as being able to change, things like that," said Ostrem.

When he is formally sentenced Wilkinson is expected to be given 2 years probation and community service.

As part of his community service Wilkinson hopes to teach gun safety so that other families don't have to go through what his family has.

"He can share a pretty poignant story in that he had a permit to carry and he took the class, and he can help share that just because you took the class doesn't mean you are going to react perfectly," said Ostrem.

Wilkinson's sentencing is set for April 15th.
     
Since the incident his granddaughter has been released from the hospital.