29-time felon awaiting sentencing on #30 for shooting down drone that was 'harassing' him

29-time felon awaiting sentencing on #30 for shooting down drone that was ‘harassing’ him

(As originally published with individual photos, Tue, October 10th 2023, 6:18 PM EDT)

OCALA, Fla. (TND) — A man in Florida who’d been convicted of felonies 29 times has made it 30 after he shot down a drone that a sheriff’s office was using at a crime scene.

Wendell Doyle Goney, 52, took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, he faces 10 years in federal prison.

The feds said Lake County sheriff’s deputies responding to a burglary at a 10-acre property were using a drone to help search until it “was destroyed by gunfire from a neighboring property.”

That was on July 11, 2021.

The deputies went next door, found Goney, and said he

“admitted that he had just shot down the drone with a .22 caliber rifle.

29-time felon awaiting sentencing on #30 for shooting down drone that was 'harassing' him
Federal authorities do not release booking photos but Wendell Doyle Goney was booked into jail at least 4 times since 2018. (Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Goney claimed that the drone had been ‘harassing’ him.

“Goney then admitted to the deputies that he could not lawfully possess a firearm because he was a convicted felon.”

Authorities checked the records and indeed found 29 prior Florida felony convictions. They include crimes such as aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, drug possession, burglary, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Goney is also prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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