Lee Coel in court

Lee Coel, a former Punta Gorda police officer, is filing a motion to end his 10-year probation sentence early due to good behavior.

FORT MYERS — Lee Coel is seeking to end his 10-year probation early, with his attorneys arguing that he has been a “model probationer.”

Coel, a former Punta Gorda police officer, received his sentence in 2019 as part of a plea agreement for manslaughter.

Mary Knowlton photo

Mary Knowlton, 73, was participating in a “Shoot Don’t Shoot” demonstration with the Citizens Police Academy when she was accidentally shot by Lee Coel.


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