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Man accused of shooting ODNR officer accepts plea agreement on gun charge

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer was shot during a poaching investigation in...
An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer was shot during a poaching investigation in Clinton County on Sunday night, according to the Clinton County Sheriff's Office.(FOX19 NOW)
Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 11:45 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A man awaiting trial on charges in connection with the shooting of an Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer has reached a plea agreement on a gun charge.

On Wednesday, Brian Liming, 44, of Jamestown, Ohio, pleaded guilty to possession by a prohibited person, court documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio show.

Liming was previously convicted of domestic violence, according to records.

Because of the prior conviction, Liming was not legally allowed to possess the loaded 20-gauge shotgun he had on Dec. 20, 2020, when ODNR Officer Kevin Behr was shot.

Liming forfeited the shotgun and ammunition as part of the plea agreement.

He faces up to 10 years in prison or three years supervised release and up to a $250,000 fine, court documents state.

Liming is still scheduled to go on trial Nov. 8 in Clinton County on charges that include the alleged assault of Officer Behr, tampering with evidence and more.

The ODNR officer was investigating a report of illegal deer hunting in the area of Macedonia Road in Martinsville last December when he was shot.

Officer Behr spent several months recovering at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

He was released in March and received a police escort back to his home.

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