A Florida man accused of capturing down a law enforcement drone in July was indicted Wednesday on prices 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 Office drone out of the sky with a .22 caliber rifle, in accordance with a news launch from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Goney informed deputies the drones had been “harassing” him, the discharge stated

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Wendell Doyle Goney. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

On July 11, 2021, deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office 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 outside search, solely to have it destroyed by gunfire that got here from a close-by residence, in accordance 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. 

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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 Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.