Mom sentenced for having gun in stroller

Rocco LaDuca

An Oneida County Court judge on Thursday encouraged a Utica, N.Y., woman who stashed a sawed-off shotgun in her child’s stroller to get mental health counseling during the time she spends in prison.

Judge Michael L. Dwyer sentenced Stephanie Wilson, 29, to 1 ½ to 3 years in prison after she previously pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Wilson was arrested July 1 after she pulled a knife from her baby stroller, followed by a 23-inch shotgun, during a dispute over money with another woman. Police later found several knives and a box cutter within the carriage.

Because Wilson has underlying mental issues that likely played a role in her recklessness that day, Wilson’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Mark Curley, thanked prosecutor Robert Bauer for taking that into account when considering Wilson’s punishment.

Wilson hadn’t been taking her medication at the time, and she feared that people were going to harm her the day of the incident, Curley said. Nevertheless, Wilson has acknowledged that she reacted to her fear in the wrong way.