Crime

Man, 76, shoots new wife in butt after argument over sleeping arrangements

Donald Royce, 76, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Saturday.
Donald Royce, 76, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Saturday.

It’s been nearly six months since 76-year-old Donald Royce married his 62-year-old bride, but they haven’t consummated the marriage.

After arguing about sleeping arrangements, Royce wanted to scare his wife by shooting the mattress.

He missed and ended up shooting her in the butt and hip.

According to Fox 4, Royce told Lee County sheriff’s deputies, “I shot her and the gun is in my room,” adding that he never meant to shoot her.

Royce was arrested Saturday and faces a second-degree felony charge of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

Royce’s wife told Fox 4 that they had been together for six years and didn’t think he was capable of doing something like this, saying the situation was a “nightmare.”

As she recovered in Lee Memorial Hospital, she wanted to share that violence against women is not okay, and that a woman has a right to her own body.

Hannah Morse: 941-745-7055, @mannahhorse

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