Associated Press, Published April 16 2013
No jail time for minister who shot granddaughter thinking she was intruderROCHESTER, Minn. — A Rochester minister has been ordered to do community service work for shooting his granddaughter.
An Olmsted County District Court judge stayed a 91-day jail sentence for Stanley Wilkinson, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rochester. Under a plea agreement, Wilkinson earlier pleaded guilty to intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety. Wilkinson must complete 100 hours of community work.
Wilkinson told police he grabbed his pistol after hearing a noise outside his house last December 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.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin says the teen had been living with her grandparents and told police she left the house without telling them.
Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com
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