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Grandfather charged in accidental shooting

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester pastor who accidentally shot his granddaughter last month has been charged.

Stanley Wilkinson, 61, is facing one count of felony Intentional Discharge of Firearm That Endangers Safety.

The charge stems from an incident on December 10 when investigators say Wilkinson thought he heard someone breaking into his home on East River Road Northeast.

According to the criminal complaint, he fired two shots and one of them hit his 16-year-old granddaughter. Wilkinson then started rescue breathing.

The criminal complaint said Wilkinson's wife called 911.

Police recovered a 9 mm Ruger semi-automatic handgun.

The 16-year-old had surgery to repair a gunshot wound to her upper torso.

Wilkinson will make his first appearance in Olmsted County Court on February 25th. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

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