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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • No jail time for Minn. minister, Wilkinson, who shot granddaughter

  • Under a plea agreement, Wilkinson earlier pleaded guilty to intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety.
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  • 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 (http://bit.ly/118ZUX7 ) says the teen had been living with her grandparents and told police she left the house without telling them.

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