Convicted felon charged with illegal possession of firearms and destruction of aircraft – CBS Tampa

OCALA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment accusing Wendell Doyle Goney (51, Mount Dora) of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and destroying aircraft. If Goney is convicted of both counts, Goney risks a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison. The indictment also informs Goney that the United States intends to lose a rifle and ammunition that was allegedly used to commit the offenses.

According to court documents, on July 11, 2021, deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary on a 10-acre commercial property in Mount Dora. Deputies deployed a law enforcement drone to help with outdoor search, only to have the drone destroyed by gunfire from a nearby property. When deputies responded to this spot, they confronted Goney, who admitted he had just shot the drone down with a .22 caliber rifle. He claimed that drones had “harassed” him. Goney also admitted to lawmakers that he could not legally possess a firearm – he has 29 previous criminal convictions in Florida. As a convicted felon, Goney is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and each defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until proven guilty.

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