Ocala (WTFF) – A convicted felon was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after an investigation revealed that he was in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The Department of Justice published a press release yesterday outlining the events.
37-year-old Ocala resident Michael Guell was admitted to a hospital on November 28, 2018 with “gunshot wounds.”
Detectives from the Ocala Police Department arrived, and Guell told them he had been robbed and shot by an unknown assailant.
Police found shell casings inside of Guell’s car.
When interviewed a second time, he “admitted that he had been drinking in his car and had accidentally shot himself.”
In his car, police found a semi-automatic handgun, 26 rounds of ammunition, and multiple shell casings.
At the time, Guell had five prior felony convictions, including possession of a controlled substance, theft by taking, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
He was booked on November 29, 2018 for two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and one count of False Reports to Law Enforcement. Jail records show that he was released the next day. On May 9, 2019, he was booked at the Marion County jail again, as a courtesy hold for Federal law enforcement. He apparently moved to Spring Hill by then, as the booking info indicates.