- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2020

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A Delaware man who brought a loaded gun and extra ammunition to a New Jersey elementary school was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison.

Thomas Wilkie, 46, of Bear, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon.

He was charged after Westfield police responded last June to a report from police in New Castle County in Delaware, who said a potentially armed man, later identified as Wilkie, was headed to Tamaques Elementary School.

Westfield police found Wilkie in the front seat of his vehicle outside the school. Police said Wilkie was holding a .45-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets. He also had two additional loaded clips of ammunition and a folding knife, authorities said. Another 130 rounds were found n the vehicle’s trunk.

At sentencing, Wilkie expressed remorse and described the incident as “unconscionable, frightening, and unacceptable,” according to the Union County prosecutor’s office.

Wilkie has said he had no intention of bringing the gun into the school. Authorities have not said why he drove to the school.

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