BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man who said he was the victim of a drive-by shooting on New Year's Eve, then said the injury was self-inflicted, has pleaded no contest to a charge of lying to police.
Donald Ely-Gardner of Manchester also pleaded guilty to other, unrelated charges in Bennington Superior Court on Monday: misusing an employer's cellphone, violating a restraining order and court ordered conditions of release.
The Bennington Banner reports as part of an agreement, the state dropped charges of embezzlement, petit larceny, violation of abuse prevention order, and scores of release condition violations.
The 28-year-old Ely-Gardner eventually told investigators he shot himself in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun. Police were suspicious early on because Ely-Gardner called a friend instead of dialing 911.
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