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Updated: 04/21/2017 08:30:01AM

Punta Gorda Police officer’s employment still in limbo

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Punta Gorda police officer Lee Coel Is escorted out of the Charlotte County Jail with his attorney Jerry Berry after posting bond. He was charged with felony manslaughter in the death of Mary Knowlton.

By ANNE EASKER

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Attorneys working on behalf of the Police Benevolent Association attempted to appeal the termination of former Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel’s employment on Thursday morning.

After seven months on paid administrative leave, Coel was fired from the Punta Gorda Police Department on March 9 by Human Resources Manager Phil Wickstrom.

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