The 25-year-old son of Henry Carley, president of the Tampa chapter of the NAACP, has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and criminal mischief after shooting a man he found in his house with his girlfriend, prosecutors said. Rodney E. Carley returned home from military duty in May and shot Anthony Bryant, 24, in the left shoulder, according to prosecutor Jim Viggiano.
This was Carley's first arrest, prosecutors said. He may receive up to three and a half years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 30.
Police originally had charged Carley with aggravated battery with a firearm, a second-degree felony carring a penalty of up to 15 years in prison without any chance of release before three years.
Carley had pleaded not guilty to those charges and was set to face a judge in a bench trial Monday. He changed his plea when prosecutors dropped the firearm reference from the charge, Viggiano said.