Peachtree City’s former police chief pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to accidentally shooting and paralyzing his wife on New Year’s Day.
A Fayette County judge sentenced William McCollom to 12 months’ probation and fined him $1000 as a first offender.
Fayette County prosecutors charged McCollom with a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct after they determined the chief did not intentionally shoot his wife Margaret.
The shooting took place in the early morning hours of January 1st at the couple’s home.
Investigators determined McCollom fired his service weapon as the couple was in bed, striking his wife in her back.
A Fayette County Grand Jury indicted McCollom on the misdemeanor charge in May.
In March, McCollom resigned as Peachtree City’s Police Chief.