Man who brought guns to St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral sentenced


    Kevin Winkle, 52, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by one year of supervised probation upon release. (Courtesy: Potter County Detention Center)

    The man convicted of bringing firearms to St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral last September was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by one year of supervised probation upon release.

    According to court documents, Kevin Winkle, 52, received the sentence on Thursday after entering a guilty plea on Jan. 30 to charges of possession of a firearm in a school zone. Winkle brought six guns to St. Mary's on Sept. 9, 2018, including three pistols on his person, a pistol concealed in a Bible case and two assault rifles with more than 200 rounds of ammunition in violin cases in his vehicle.

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    Winkle told APD officers that he "had a spiritual awakening after some church shootings that had occurred," and brought the firearms to expose security vulnerabilities and provide free instruction on improving the church's security.

    The Court is also requiring Winkle pay a $20,000 fine as part of his sentence. Additionally, he will not be able to own any firearms or work in any firearms-related business.

    The court documents also state that Winkle will forfeit six firearms.

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