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

Categories: Crime, Tragedy
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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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j.reiter
j.reiter

Rupar, if you want to be taken more seriously as a journalist, please start reading and researching as much as you like to write.  A good place to begin would be the definitions of Murder and Manslaughter.  In regard to your writing, you consistently cloudy the facts by overloading almost every article with emotion. As a journalist, it is important to attempt not to take sides when you are telling a story and allow the reader to determine what is "right" and what is "wrong." Also, your use of imagery is questionable, stop using such dodgy photos of people you dislike or do not agree with; take for example the photos other journalists used for this story in comparision with the photo that you chose.  You remind me of a Facebook friend that would take pictures all night but the next day only post the one of other people at their most awkward moments.

tastypastry
tastypastry

the grandpa looks like jim jones, he must be CRAY!

blackeye
blackeye

Oh, paleeze! You liberals love it when someone threatens free speech you disagree with.

You tripped all over yourselves when Rush had his little kerfuffle, he's still #1 on talk radio, and the Emmer show will do just fine without the Atomic Data dollars!

Southsider
Southsider

The only person who can defeat a grandpa with a gun is a granddaughter with a gun.  

Tim Cheesebrow
Tim Cheesebrow

So is it okay to shoot a package handler if I'm not wearing my glasses and assume the person in the brown uniform is coming to get me? Is it okay to shoot my neighbor bringing over some warm cookies from her oven because I have a paranoid delusion that my meager possessions are under constant threat of assault? No and no. Before you discharge a firearm at another human being you had better make damn sure they have one trained on you as well and intend to do you harm.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

proven more effective than curfew ultimatims. +works. every. time. THE PISTOL OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!!!

Reid Diebel
Reid Diebel

I can understand it but I don't see why you wouldn't warn the person at all or even be like yoo.. is that you granddaughter because I know your out for the night.... or maybe she snuck out.. I dont know.. in all... good thing she didn't pass away.

John Taylor
John Taylor

If he had been a drunk driver who accidentally crashed his car and seriously injured a loved one, I wonder if people would think that his feelings of grief and anguish were sufficient punishment for the crime.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

#1 problem is this guy s a fkn pastor. 

#2 he wanted to kill the intruder

#3 he is a sociopath most likely

John Taylor
John Taylor

Alright, well I hope all kids who irresponsibly get locked out of their houses are on notice that it's open season in Rochester!

Rachel Bjerstedt
Rachel Bjerstedt

I bet he feels like crap! I can't even imagine how much he must be hurting. That's so sad!

Doug Farone
Doug Farone

I love the way joe shifts the blame to the grand daughter

Doug Farone
Doug Farone

So joe it is okay to shoot first then ask question

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Well John, he thought she was an intruder, and in an act to protect himself, his wife and his grand daughter, he did what he thought was necessary to prevent harm from happening to his family. Tragic that it was his grand daughter who had irresponsibly snuck out at night.

John Taylor
John Taylor

Well, Joe, he definitely shot someone on purpose, without first figuring out who in the hell he was shooting at, and could easily have killed her. It wasn't like he was just cleaning the gun and it went off. It was completely irresponsible. Seems pretty outrageous that there's no time to be done for that.

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Good, its not like he did it on purpose.

chrisfl
chrisfl

@blackeye Individuals criticizing a dumb person for saying dumb things isn't threatening free speech. As your comment illustrates, ignorant people talking about issues they dimly understand can be found everywhere. Nobody stops the pill-popping bigot Rush from saying dumb things, which he does at every opportunity. Nobody stopped the washed-up Emmer and his monkey from saying dumb things, they could very well be  saying something completely asinine right now. Private individuals exerting pressure on a company is not a violation of free speech - in fact, it's the kind of market-driven demand that typically gives dumb people a free-market boner.

keny1
keny1

@Tim Cheesebrow Yes, but see, a package handler wouldn't be sneaking into your back door at 11:30pm without ringing the door bell first. Likewise, a neighbor bringing over warm cookies would ring the bell first. You are a classic example of how Liberalism poisons the mind of common sense, and sadly, there is no cure for this disease.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Pinko Thinker I snorted coffee at your last line.  Well done.

keny1
keny1

@John Taylor Well, in that case, we should ban alcohol and vehicles. Because as we all know when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car, it is not his fault. It is the fault of the alcohol and the vehicle.

SarcasmObviously
SarcasmObviously

@Joe Strom ...And that's why you shout out, so you can see who it is before you shoot. All you have to say is "I have a gun and I'm going to shoot if you don't tell me who you are."

Onan
Onan

@Joe Strom Actually, yeah, he DID shoot without positively identifying his target on purpose...

tastypastry
tastypastry

@keny1 but if your neighbor fumbles the cookies at the doorstep prior to ringing the doorbell and causes a ruckus picking up the crumbs, he/she's open to a slug in the skull.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@tastypastry @keny1 Nope.  Not true.  You would be in violation of a number of laws and would very likely get convicted for that unless the prosecuting attorney was completely incompetent.

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