A former Florida police officer who fatally shot a 73-year-old former librarian during a public demonstration in 2016 will not serve prison.
The then officer Lee Coel represented himself in a shooting / don. do not shoot an exercise with the Punta Gorda Police Department in the summer of 2016 when she shot Mary Knowleton who volunteered to participate.
She was struck by a fatal bullet in front of about three dozen people, including Knowleton's husband of 55 years
Then Chief of Police Tom Lewis said the revolver fired from the coil had been used in previous exercises The gun was loaded with bullets instead of preforms
Coel charged with felony firearms murder next year But Weapon agreed to a plea deal this week, saving him prison, according to NBC affiliate WBBH.The deal stipulates that he spends 10 years on probation and faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $ 10,000.
Coel, who joined the Punta Gorda Police Department in 2014, was fired shortly after being indicted.
He was investigated by the Interior and retrained after being arrested in October 2015, who a man had been kicked by his police dog for the most only two minutes.
He was also asked to resign in 2013 from a previous job at the Miramar Police Department in Florida because of "the failure of a satisfactory agency training program."
He writes in his statement to Punta Gorda that he was "found to have committed two simple policy violations" after being hit with two "excessive use of complaints of violence", which were later found to be unfounded.
Knowleton's family, a retired librarian and mother of two grown sons, received a $ 2 million deal approved by the Punta Gorda Municipal Council.
Lewis, who said he was "100 percent responsible" for the shooting, was charged with culpable negligence and found guilty in 2017.