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Former Georgia police chief pleads guilty to "reckless conduct" for shooting his wife

on Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:32 pm
A former Atlanta-area police chief has been sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation for shooting his wife in bed on New Year’s Day in an apparent accident that left her partially paralyzed, a prosecutor said Friday.

William McCollom, 58, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct, according to Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard.

McCollom, then the police chief of Peachtree City south of Atlanta, accidentally shot his wife while moving a gun he had taken to bed for security, Ballard said.

Although there is no evidence McCollom intentionally tried to hurt his wife, the district attorney sought an indictment against him for reckless conduct because he took a loaded gun to bed after drinking and taking sleep medication, Ballard said.

The chief’s wife, Margaret, is “still paralyzed and apparently will be paralyzed for life,” said Ballard, adding that she did not want her husband prosecuted...................

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