Florida man gets 30 months in prison after shooting himself while drinking

A judge sentenced a Florida man to 30 months in prison after he shot himself while drinking, according to a Department of Justice news release.

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Michael Guell, 37, of Ocala, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, WFTV reported.

Ocala police said Guell told officers, while being treated in November 2018 for a gunshot wound at a hospital, that he had been robbed at gunpoint and shot by an unknown assailant.

“Investigating further, police located Guell’s car and saw ammunition and shell casings through the car’s window,” the release said.

When interviewed a second time, Guell admitted he had been drinking in his car and had accidentally shot himself, police said.

"In Guell’s car, police found a semi-automatic handgun, 26 rounds of ammunition, and multiple shell casings,” investigators said.

At the time of the incident, Guell had five prior felony convictions, including possession of a controlled substance, theft by taking and fleeing, and eluding a law enforcement officer, authorities said.

As a felon, Guell is prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition under federal law, authorities said.

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