Charges Dismissed for Man Accused of Shooting Daughter’s Boyfriend

POTTSVILLE -- Charges against a man accused of shooting his daughter's boyfriend have been dismissed because the victim failed to appear at a preliminary court hearing on Monday.

"Why didn't he show up? Because he knew he did wrong," said Eugene Jadus of Shenandoah.

"I think there was a reason. I think he was probably scared of repercussion," added Terri Davidson of Shenandoah.

Donald Jenkins, 40, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody last month after police said he shot his daughter's 20-year-old boyfriend in the groin at a hotel in West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

Jenkins was facing multiple charges including attempted homicide.

Investigators said the daughter and the victim were staying in a room of the hotel and that Jenkins was upset his daughter was dating the victim.

"I have three daughters and five granddaughters. You do the math on that one," Jadus said.

The story has been the talk of Shenandoah since the shooting happened last month.

"I don't know how I would act. It would depend on the circumstances. It's a hard situation to think of unless you're in those shoes. You don't know what you would do," Davidson said.

People in Shenandoah believe there was a reason Jenkins did not want his adult daughter dating that man.

"If I thought my daughter was being harmed, I think I would go out of my way to protect her," Davidson said.

Shenandoah police tell Newswatch 16, Jenkins and his family have always been quiet. In fact, the officer we spoke to said he never even heard of Jenkins before this.

"As a father, as a parent yourself, if you think your child is being harmed, you're going to do anything you can to protect them. Even if it means you're jeopardizing your own life to do so," Davidson said.

The shooting victim was hospitalized and authorities said he was recovering.


  • OzzyCoop

    As far as I an aware the news never stated what two consenting adults were doing in a hotel room and why it would be any of the father’s business. Yeah it was highly possible drugs and sex were involved or maybe he was beating her but at this point people are only speculating. I’m guessing the BF didn’t show at the hearing because hard drugs were involved but I don’t know and neither do any of you awesome, protective dads. People are cheering on a man who as far as I am concerned is nothing more than a punk with a gun. A man who (like everyone here) solves all of his problems with violence. A man who would use his daughter as an excuse to shoot someone because that is the way to solve your problems.

  • too much Judge Judy

    This doesn’t make sense. It is not a civil case, it is a criminal one. If he had killed the man, there would not be any expectation for the victim to “show up”. In a criminal case it is the DA who represents the victim and as such the presence of the DA in the courtroom should suffice.

  • warningfakenews

    I predicted that if this went to trial, he’d be found not guilty. Seems that the D.A. must agree.

    • warningfakenews

      If there is a civil case, btw, he’s likely to lose it big time. There may be no assets for the victim to attempt to recover from him, though, I don’t know.

      The statement that I made about the case against him not being successful should not be construed to mean I agree what he did was right, I was only pointing out we need to focus our resources on matters which have a good chance of being won in court for prosecution. The D.A. made a wise decision here.

  • Rob McIntosh

    What’s unfortunate is that a girl’s first love is her father. A father sets the stage for the type of man she will be attracted to and fall in love with. With that in mind, there is something really discerning about the father’s character. If the father was a good man and showed her how good men act, this wouldn’t have happened. She would’ve chosen a good man to date and the father wouldn’t have needed to use violence to break them up. The father stepping in also prevents his daughter from learning a lesson. Let’s say the dude was a bad man, the relationship didn’t run it’s course for the daughter to learn this of him. Instead, it opens up the relationship to being cut short while she is still in love with the guy and hating her father for what he did. Causing her to date more bad dudes out of spite… I don’t agree with the other commentors applauding the father for what he did. I can definitely relate to the father’s desire to protect his daughter, cause I’ve been in that position too. Just not the right decision to act on, because there was something wrong long before.

      • Rob McIntosh

        You miss the point. If he was a good father, he wouldn’t need “the luxury of time” because he daughter wouldn’t have been in the situation in the first place.

      • John Mleczynski

        A man your describing wouldn’t even be involved in his child’s life enough to care who they were dating/with. Let alone find out where she was and deal with the situation. Learn a lesson? Would you let your child learn that “lesson” if you had the ability to stop it? I don’t think so…

      • Rob McIntosh

        John the man I’m describing IS involved in this situation. That’s the reality of it that you aren’t seeing. Fathers set examples for who daughters fall in love with. For her to choose a man who he disproves is a sign of a bad father. We learn this in 1st year of sociology and witness its accuracy throughout study today. A healthy daughter/father relationship is built on trust, a natural instinct of trust and bond that isn’t justified because they are family. Where the bond of a healthy father uses that trust to show a daughter who to mate with. This happens not just with humans, but with a majority of species. Clearly the father didn’t do a good job if she is mating with someone he disproves of to the point he needs to use violence to intervene… The ability to stop it comes from being a good father and male role model because that never brings the situation about in the first place. The proactive nature of this is putting the father on the defensive, instead of the offensive. Making him behind and playing catch up to his daughter’s decision. Reactionary instead of proactive.

    • And what do you know?

      I hope to the good porcelain gods that you never go into Psychology or Case Management work. You are a total , uneducated fruit loop with no clue. Come out from under your rock and world of utopia. Smfh

      • Rob McIntosh

        I’m a 53yr old clinical psychologist with 1 doctoral, 2 masters, and 1 bachelors degree working in the field for 30 years and author of 4 best selling books (and 5 not-so best selling ones, but still great reads). If you want to disprove my statements I’m happy to listen. But please don’t insult me in lieu of an actual discussion. That shows who the uneducated fruit loop really is and is no help to society.

  • potsmoker

    Cool man . I have great prejudices , but when a man stands up for whats right and for his children , then I applaud him . Great to see the law not make this into an attack to line their pockets as is common practice . Take our towns back from the scum !!!! Family first .

  • burtfan16

    Maybe you should change your screen name to Bill K.K.K. . Or is that too many k’s and periods for you to handle? Put your hood back on and STFU.

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