Stanley Wilkinson, Rochester pastor, won't serve time for shooting, almost killing granddaughter

Stanley Wilkinson (left), and his granddaughter, Paige (right).
Stanley Wilkinson (left), and his granddaughter, Paige (right).

On Monday, Stanley Wilkinson, pastor at Rochester's Seventh-Day Adventist Church, learned he won't have to serve time behind bars for shooting and almost killing his 16-year-old granddaughter, Paige, last December.

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Instead, Wilkinson, 61, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety.

Around 11:30 p.m. on December 10, Paige was trying to sneak back into her grandparents' house when her grandfather mistook her for an intruder and fired two shots at her. The second one hit her in the upper torso, nearly killing her.

Wilkinson later told police he was more paranoid than usual because of a recent break-in in the area.

In court Monday, Wilkinson described his behavior as "stupid." According to the Rochester Post Bulletin, Paige continues to live with Wilkinson and his wife.

Jacob Allen, Wilkinson's attorney, told the Post Bulletin he expects Wilkinson to serve his sentence by giving talks about gun safety.

Allen also released a statement discussing Wilkinson's reaction to his sentence.

Wilkinson "is glad to finally be able to move forward. He's pleased that Judge Birnbaum agreed not to sentence the case as a felony, keeping in mind that this was a case of mistaken identity and under circumstances where he felt a need to defend himself, his family, and his home," Allen wrote.

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