Cape Coral man who killed his dog takes plea deal: no more pets, give up firearm, jailtime

Korey James Pott, 24, accepted a plea agreement Tuesday that will see him…

Cape Coral man who killed his dog takes plea deal: no more pets, give up firearm, jailtime
Cape Coral man who killed his dog takes plea deal: no more pets, give up firearm, jailtime 1

Michael Braun
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

There will be no more pets or guns for a Cape Coral man after mixing alcohol and a handgun that led to a deadly ending for his dog Gordo.

Korey James Pott, 24, accepted a plea agreement Tuesday that has him serving 270 days in Lee County Jail, followed by two years of drug offender probation and a subsequent two years of state probation, banned him from possessing animals of any kind, and he must forfeit the firearm used in the shooting.

His conviction is, in effect, a ban on owning firearms since it is illegal in Florida for convicted felons to possess firearms unless the convicted felon has had his/her civil rights restored and firearm authority restored by the state’s Clemency Board.

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Potts’ troubles began after Cape Coral police found Gordo, a large, light brown and mixed breed, dead in a field after they responded to a shots fired call about 11 p.m. July 29, 2019.

A police report said officers found Potts crying, and he told them he had shot his dog, which he had adopted two years earlier from Collier County Domestic Animal Services. Potts also told officers he had been drinking, and a blood-alcohol level test found him with a 0.115 percent reading. In Florida, 0.08 percent is legally intoxicated.

Officers could smell alcohol coming from Potts, and he admitted to drinking earlier.

Video from a surveillance camera at the scene showed Potts beating Gordo earlier.

Potts’ roommate told police she saw him in the yard with a 9mm handgun, and she threw it into the vacant lot and brought Potts inside the house.

Witnesses also reported seeing Potts’ dog running around the house outside before hearing gunshots and seeing Potts lying near the dog in the vacant lot.

Potts told officers that he shot the dog in defense after the animal turned and lunged at him. He told officers he normally carries his handgun with him when he goes outside as protection from coyotes.

Officers said there were no visible injuries on his hands where he said the dog had attacked him.

Potts faced charges of aggravated animal cruelty, discharging a firearm in a public or residential property and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

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