Ex-Peachtree City police chief pleads guilty to shooting wife | News
FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Former Peachtree City police chief William McCollom pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting his ex-wife. He was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
McCollom was convicted of misdemeanor reckless conduct for shooting Margaret McCollom in their bed early Jan. 1. He was arrested in April and posted $5,000 bond less than an hour after being taken into custody.
In an indictment, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard argued McCollom "unlawfully endangered" his ex-wife's life when he drank alcohol and took sleep medication, then brought a loaded handgun into their bed while she slept. The gun discharged, striking Margaret McCollom and leaving her paralyzed below the waist. She is being treated at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
McCollom said the shooting was an accident. He stepped down as police chief shortly after Ballard announced the case would be presented to a grand jury.
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