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Despite a shooting and lawsuit, Tampa residents remain Facebook friends

John Decker Cebula

Apparently, it takes a lot for some people to get unfriended on Facebook.

A pair of Hillsborough County residents remain friends on the social network, despite one dragging the other to court for shooting him in the stomach with a pellet gun.

John Decker Cebula is a 24-year-old University of Tampa graduate who works at Ford Motor Credit Company.

Randolph Urban Pattillo is a 62-year-old Tampa resident, and president and COO of Florida Marine Products. Randolph Anthony “Tony” Pattillo, 36, is the firm’s vice president and project manager.

In a suit filed April 18 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Cebula claims Randy Pattillo accidentally shot him in the stomach with a pellet gun January 27, 2017.

Cebula was a “social invitee” at Pattillo’s Tampa home, and was washing his hands in a bathroom at the time.

The pellet allegedly injured Cebula’s stomach, intestine, and nervous system, necessitating stomach surgery to stem internal bleeding. The suit does not make clear how Cebula and Randy Pattillo know each other.

Cebula seeks damages for negligence. In the suit, Cebula is claiming he had (and will in the future) suffer “great mental and physical pain-and-suffering, anguish, embarrassment, humiliation” as well as incur “expenses for doctors, nurses, X-rays and other related medical care and attention for his said injuries, that he has been rendered less able to lead and enjoy a normal life and to provide a home for himself, all of which conditions are permanent and continuing in their nature.”

In the suit, Cebula claims he had (and will in the future) suffered “great mental and physical pain-and-suffering, anguish, embarrassment, humiliation” as well as incur “expenses for doctors, nurses, X-rays and other related medical care and attention for his said injuries, that he has been rendered less able to lead and enjoy a normal life and to provide a home for himself, all of which conditions are permanent and continuing in their nature.”

Despite the accidental shooting, Cebula is still Facebook friends with both Randy and Tony Pattillo.

According to police records, all persons involved in the situation have had past issues involving alcohol.

Randy and Tony Pattillo had each been arrested for DUIs in 2000; Cebula was arrested for disorderly intoxication in 2014.

Also, a 2015 photo on Facebook shows a man (possibly Cebula) drinking a beer while another man (possibly Randy) has a hand around his back.

Court records show that Randy Pattillo had an insurance policy with State Farm, but the insurer had “failed to tender” the policy.

a 2015 photo on Facebook shows a man (possibly Cebula) drinking a beer while another man (possibly Randy) has a hand around his back. (Photo courtesy Facebook)

 

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.
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