A Florida man accused of capturing down a legislation enforcement drone in July was indicted Wednesday on expenses of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and destruction of plane.
Wendell Doyle Goney, 51, was formally charged after he allegedly admitted to capturing a Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace drone out of the sky with a .22 caliber rifle, in keeping with a information launch from the Division of Justice (DOJ).
Goney advised deputies the drones had been “harassing” him, the discharge stated.
On July 11, 2021, deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace responded to a housebreaking on a 10-acre property in Mount Dora, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando. The deputies deployed a drone to help with an out of doors search, solely to have it destroyed by gunfire that got here from a close-by residence, in keeping with the discharge.
After deputies confronted Goney, he allegedly admitted to capturing down the drone, whereas including that he was not legally allowed to own a gun as a convicted felon.
Goney has 29 prior felony convictions within the state, the discharge said.
He faces as much as 30 years in federal jail if convicted on each counts.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Division of Transportation Workplace of Inspector Common, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace investigated the case.