Friday, August 14, 2015

Georgia Police Chief Pleads Guilty to a Misdemeanor in the Shooting of his Wife

Local news

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.


  1. To get off this easy, is one reason this shit still goes on.

  2. Of course, if he's imprisioned, he certainly won't be able to care for and support his wife in the challenging years to come. I would suggest that is the ultimate form of taking responsibility for his negligence.
    He will every day see the results of his carelessness and pay the real and emotional costs up close and personal every day.

    1. Of course it's perfectly fine with you that someone who shoots and paralyses a human, should be let go; just as you think a military man breaking the gun rules, is a hero.

    2. He wasn't "let go" Anon. He will now be spending an indefinite sentence of helping to care for the person to be harmed. He will be involved every day of the week. And the money he earns as a productive citizen will go towards the support of the person harmed instead of it coming from people who had nothing to do with the event.
      Not "getting off" at all Anon.

    3. BS, SS. Any criminal serving any sentence has "other" problems to deal with. It's not surprising you think this sufficient punishment, you also think military men who break gun laws are heroes. But thanks for proving your kill crazy gun loon credentials.

    4. ss, how do you know what he'll do with his time in the future? The point is bumbling dangerous gun owners should be doing time when their bumbling dangerous behavior harms others.

    5. "The point is bumbling dangerous gun owners should be doing time when their bumbling dangerous behavior harms others."

      So you're suggesting that him sitting in a cell paid for by the taxpayers while his wife goes through her recovery and Physical Rehab, which would also most likely be paid for by the taxpayer is preferable to the responsible party supporting the person he harmed both physically and financially?
      Especially since the results of his negligence will be right there before him for the foreseeable future? A constant reminder?

    6. What do you think happens to the ill relatives of other criminals sitting in jail? But of course, to a kill crazy gun loon like you, this guy should be given leniency over other criminals. Thanks for proving again, you side with criminals. .

    7. Well Anon, in this case the relative as you put it is also the victim. For some reason, my sense of justice is too complicated.

    8. ss, why all this sensitivity for this idiot, because he's a cop? Criminals belong in jail. You don't have such sympathy for others who do wrong and leave their poor loved ones beyong as they go away to pay for their crimes.

    9. Mike, my opinion on this has nothing to do with any perception of sympathy because I don't have any for this guy. I see this as a form of long term restitution. You've often seen people convicted of littering policing up the sides of the highway and taggers scrubbing their art off of buildings. This is quite similar.
      In this case though he is going to be providing care and support to the very person he harmed. And as I said before, its an indefinite sentence.
      I save my outrage for people like this judge,

      "Dontray Mills, 24, purchased a total of 27 firearms, mostly handguns, between December 2012 and April 2014 and pleaded guilty to one of the charges on April 22, 2014, after an ATF investigation. As a result of the conviction, Mills will never again be able to buy firearms legally.
      On Wednesday, he was sentenced. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors agreed with the one year of probation."

      I'm not sure who ticks me off more, while its the defense attorney's job to get the best outcome he can for his client, the judge and prosecutor are a different matter. Bob Owens put it quite well,

      "There were 55 counts of strawman purchases intended to deliver guns to criminals on the street, each good for 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Instead of 550 years in prison and nearly $14 MILLION in fines, Judge Randa sentenced Mills to probation for putting dozens of guns into the hands of violent criminals."

    10. Your sense of justice, is criminal. You have clearly stated you support law breakers. The opinion of criminals like you, is laughable.

    11. You obviously have more sympathy for the kill crazy gun loon idiot than the permanently disabled woman. He will put her in a home and enjoy the rest of his life.