Pastor who thought granddaughter was intruder pleads guilty in shooting

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The Rochester minister who mistakenly shot his 16-year-old granddaughter in the neck, believing she was an intruder outside their home, pleaded guilty Monday, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

Stanley Warren Wilkinson, 61, was charged in January with one count of dangerous weapons-intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety. Sentencing has been set for April 15 and the charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the newspaper reports.

Wilkinson's granddaughter had been staying with her grandparents in the house. She later told investigators that she'd left the house that night without her grandparents' knowledge, met friends and returned after about an hour to sneak back into the house, according to a criminal complaint.

Wilkinson has told investigators that he had thought his granddaughter was already in the house.

Similar cases have been reported around the nation in recent months, including in North Carolina, Connecticut and Louisiana.

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