Video: Former Macon hospital cop asks for leniency in shooting case
A former Macon hospital police officer pleaded guilty Monday to firing shots at his wife and another man.
Carlos Antonio Wilson, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of family violence-related aggravated assault and one count of aggravated assault in exchange for the dismissal of additional charges.
Jonathan Adams, a Bibb County prosecutor, said officers were called early on the morning of May 14, 2014, to the intersection of Log Cabin Drive and Napier Avenue.
A man flagged them down. A woman, later identified as Wilson's wife, said Wilson had fired shots at them, Adams said during the hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
The man said they had been driving when Wilson pulled up next to them and brandished a gun.
They drove off, and Wilson's wife reported six shots had been fired toward them before Wilson rammed his car into theirs, causing the man and woman's car to run off the road.
Wilson took his wife to a nearby parking lot and released her once police arrived, Adams said.
Standing with the help of crutches, Wilson pulled a written statement from his pocket with a bailiff's help.
He asked for forgiveness and leniency, saying he knows he's held to a higher standard as a police officer.
He said he chose alcohol to help him cope with his problems.
Judge Howard Simms asked him what happened the day of the shooting.
Wilson replied that he and his wife had separated. He was stressed and had dropped about 25 pounds because of it.
"In a sober state of mind, that incident never would have happened," he said.
Wilson, who has been held at the county jail since the day of the shooting, described how he was kept separate from the general jail population for several months. When able, he attended substance abuse and mental health classes.
Two former co-workers, his sister and stepmother spoke on his behalf during the hearing.
They described him as a hard worker and dedicated family man.
"Carlos is not the person they're making him to be on paper," his sister, Latonya Wilson, said.
A former coworker said she noticed a change in Wilson in the weeks leading up to the shooting.
"You could see the stress in him," she said. "It took a toll on him."
Wilson's stepmother, Patrena Johnson, said the shooting episode was "not something that is typical of his nature."
During the hearing, Wilson asked to hear his plea offer again before pleading guilty.
Prosecutors offered a 20-year sentence, with a 10-year cap on prison time.
Instead of sending Wilson to prison, Simms sentenced him to 20 years on probation and 180 days in a probation detention center. As conditions of his probation, Wilson can't contact his estranged wife, and he must complete the Macon Judicial Circuit's Veterans Court program.
Simms also agreed to sentence Wilson as a first offender. Wilson served stints in the Navy and Naval Reserves before becoming a Bibb County deputy and later transferring to the then-Medical Center of Central Georgia police department.
If he successfully completes his sentence, he won't have a felony record. If he has any missteps, he could be resentenced to substantial prison time.
"I'm giving you a lot of credit Mr. Wilson for your service to your country and for your service to the community," the judge said. "Don't disappoint me for giving you that credit."
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