WESTFIELD, NJ — The Delaware man arrested on the grounds of Tamaques Elementary School in June has pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of a firearm, authorities said.
Thomas J. Wilkie of Bear, Delaware, entered the plea Monday at Superior Court in Elizabeth, authorities confirmed.
The indictment states that he had a black Glock handgun in his possession, which he did not have a permit to carry in New Jersey. Westfield police had arrested Wilkie in the school’s parking lot June 13 after school let out.
The affidavit of probable cause filed in the case charges that Wilkie entered Tamaques Elementary School on “multiple occasions … after school hours and without permission.”
The complaint further states that Wilkie had two loaded magazines in his pockets. Authorities then said he had been at the school to see a romantic partner.
A grand jury had previously returned a six-count indictment against Wilkie ranging in degree from second to fourth degrees, including third degree possession of a firearm on school grounds.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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