A local comedian who was charged with shooting his daughter in the face pleaded guilty at the Wayne County Courthouse on Thursday.
Matthew Holmes, 39 of Honesdale, also known as "Superfox," plead guilty to one count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree.
The incident occurred on May 25 in Honesdale Borough when Holmes "accidently but recklessly" shot his 15-year-old daughter in the face.
On the night of May 25 the shooting occurred on 11th Street where the 15-year-old girl was shot in the face.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Sean LeStrange of the Honesdale Borough Police Department, Holmes was visiting friends with his 15-year-old daughter on 11th Street.
Holmes was seated at a kitchen table and removed his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun from his holster and removed a live round from the chamber of the weapon.
He then set it on top of the kitchen table. While Holmes was still handling the weapon it went off and struck his daughter in the face.
Another guest at the residence called 911 and the minor was flown to the CMC Hospital Trauma Unit in Scranton. It was reported to Honesdale Borough Police that she was in stable condition.
Holmes was arraigned before Magistrate District Judge Bonnie Carney. His bail was set at $7,500 and he was incarcerated at the Wayne County Correctional Facility pending his next court appearance.
After the incident Holmes came to this newspaper to share his side of the story.
"I was sitting in a really low chair and my gun was starting to hurt my side, so I took it out," Holmes stated. "I pulled back the chamber to release the bullet and pulled the clip, then it fired up and hit my daughter."
He said he "didn't see" another bullet go into the chamber and that he "thought it was empty."
"It was an honest mistake," Holmes said. "I didn't know the other bullet was there. If the clip was pulled first this wouldn't have happened."
He added that if someone really wanted to hurt someone, they "wouldn't go to take the gun apart."
"I freaked out and rushed to my daughter's side immediately," Holmes stated. "I was holding her by the neck to hold the blood back. I was yelling for someone to call the police. The whole time I was telling her to look at me and kept her focused."
When the bullet hit his daughter, it hit her chin and exited the back of her cheek. It never hit the top of her face and her jaw didn't break.
He said that when police arrived, his daughter was "standing the whole time" and that she "remained conscious" throughout the entire ordeal.
Page 2 of 2 - "I'm blessed that I'm not burying my daughter," Holmes said. "She's here and I get to be her parent and see her grow up and meet her goals. I get to see her get married. I support her 100 percent. We will stand as a family and we will be stronger than before."
He said that people have their opinions, "but they don't know me."
"Don't pass judgement when you don't know me," Holmes stated. "Anyone who says I did this out of spite is lying. Find the facts out first. Let ignorance be bliss. I love my daughter to death. My heart was broken when this happened."
Holmes added he has "nothing to hide" and said his daughter is his princess.
Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards stated that Holmes plead to the "top charge" he could for this kind of incident. She added that he should get the "maximum sentence" of two years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Holmes has performed comedy shows at various venues around the area.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 7.