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ROCHESTER, Minn. - A Rochester pastor is charged with a felony for shooting and wounding his granddaughter after mistaking her for an intruder last month.
Sixty-one-year-old Stanley Wilkinson is charged with intentional discharge of a firearm that endangered safety. A court appearance is scheduled Feb. 25.
Wilkinson told police he grabbed his pistol after hearing a noise outside his house Dec. 10 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.
When officers arrived they found Wilkinson on the back deck of the home performing CPR on his granddaughter. He later admitted to officers he did not shout out a warning to the person he believed was a burglar before opening fire.
The teen had been living with her grandparents. She told police she left the house without her grandparents knowing.
The charge of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Wilkinson is pastor at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Rochester. Calls left for him were not immediately returned Thursday night.
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