A Cape Coral felon has been extradited back to Florida and sentenced, according to officials.
Cody Jay Howell, 26, of 119 N.W. Third Place, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for aggravated assault with a firearm and five years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both terms have a three-year minimum/mandatory designation due to his status as a "re-release offender."
Cody Jay Howell
The sentences stem from Howell's involvement in a dispute at a Circle-K store, located at Del Prado Boulevard North and Northeast Pine Island Road, in November.
Howell had words with two men in the parking lot, after which Howell threatened the men with a semi-automatic handgun. The victims identified Howell out of a lineup, but Howell fled the state prior to his arrest.
A Cape detective assigned to the U.S. Marshal's Office Fugitive Task Force tracked him to New Jersey, where Howell was taken into custody and extradited back to Lee County.
"It's an old saying, but it still applies, 'You can run, but you can't hide,'" Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police department, said. "Another violent felon off of our city's streets."
Source: Cape Coral Police Department