Police officer accused of killing librarian will not serve jail time
CHARLOTTE COUNTY- The Herald Tribune reports a former Punta Gorda Police officer accused of killing a retired librarian during a 2016 training exercise, will serve no time after Charlotte County prosecutors accept a no-jail plea deal.
Former Punta Gorda police officer Lee Coel is accused of killing Mary Knowlton in August of 2016. The Punta Gorda Police Department hosted a citizens training academy for the city's Chamber of Commerce where Coel was playing the "bad guy," firing blanks, while Knowlton was randomly selected to play the police officer. Instead, he fired his loaded gun toward Knowlton, shooting and killing her.
Coel will be put on probation for 10 years.