- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia police chief who said he accidently shot his ex-wife while they slept pleaded guilty Thursday on a misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge.

Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard says former Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and received 12 months of probation.

McCollom called 911 early New Year’s Day to report accidentally shooting his ex-wife, Margaret. The shooting left Margaret McCollom paralyzed below the waist.

McCollom resigned from his job as police chief in March.

Ballard says he would have pursued payment of Margaret McCollum’s medical bills by her ex-husband if she chose.

Ballard has said the former chief told investigators he drank alcohol and took medication to help him sleep. He had a loaded handgun under the sheets.

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