A convicted felon who admitted to shooting and destroying a law enforcement drone has received a four-year sentence in federal prison. Wendell Doyle Goney was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Goney pleaded guilty to the charge on October 5, 2023.

According to the plea agreement, on July 11, 2021, Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglary at a 10-acre business property in Mount Dora. During the outdoor search, a law enforcement drone was shot down by gunfire from a neighboring property. Upon responding to that location, deputies confronted Goney, who admitted to shooting down the drone with a .22 caliber rifle, claiming it had been “harassing” him. Goney confessed to the deputies that he could not lawfully possess a firearm due to being a convicted felon. A record check confirmed multiple prior state felony convictions, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, illegal drug possession, burglary, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. As a convicted felon, Goney is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr, prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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