Lehigh Acres man pleads responsible to 2020 taking pictures at custody alternate


Misael Jose Velez (Photo: Especially for the news press)

A Lehigh Acres man will be jailed for 5 years after a shootout during a custody swap in 2020, with one man shot twice.

Misael Jose Velez, 21, of Lehigh Acres pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with no intention of killing and neglecting the child and was convicted before Judge Margaret Steinbeck.

The sentences are being served concurrently, and Velez was credited for two days in Lee County Jail. A 5-year probationary period was also issued.

A July 18 report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the mother of a female child had phoned Velez over custody issues prior to the exchange.

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She told investigators that when she got home to Velez, there was another argument. She said she saw him holding a black pistol and shooting a man with it when the custody swap began.

The man suffered a thorough abrasion on his back and another wound on his head, both of which were not life threatening.

Detectives found six cartridge cases with a caliber of 0.40 and nine cartridge cases with a diameter of 9 mm at the scene, but no weapon was found. A surveillance camera hard drive was also confiscated.

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