The Centralia father charged with shooting his 21-year old daughter to death Easter weekend pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Marion County Court, just days before he was scheduled to go to trial.
Judge Michael McHaney sentenced 56-year-ol Charles E. Wilkin to 5-years in prison on the lesser of two charges associated with the shooting death of Chelsea Wilkin. A charge of First Degree murder was dismissed in exchange for Wilkins’ plea of guilt to involuntary manslaughter of a family member.
According to reports, Wilkin fatally shot his daughter just after 12 p.m. on March 30 with a single 9mm shot to the chest.
Following his arrest in March, Wilkin reportedly described the events leading to the alleged shooting to police and said he was “just trying to get his point across,” to his daughter when he pointed what he believed to be an unloaded gun at the young woman.
The father said the interaction with his daughter that day was a “mild discussion” and the two were talking about her boyfriend, an upcoming trip and picking up after each other around the house.
Speculation last week had hinted at a possible plea in the case, but defense counsel and prosecutors on Wednesday had confirmed the case for a Monday jury trial. In the mean time, an agreement was entered for a guilty plea that was brought before Judge McHaney on Thursday. In addition to the prison term, Wilkin will have to serve two years mandatory supervised release, or parole, following his release. He was or.dered to begin serving his sentence immediately.