Pleas made, jury trial set for 2 of 3 in relation to alleged poaching incident


By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



WILMINGTON — A plea and a jury trial were entered for two suspects in relation to the December incident during which a state wildlife officer was shot.

Thomas Davis, 35, of Jamestown, currently has a jury trial scheduled in Clinton County Municipal Court for April 30.

Bryan Achtermann, 36, of Midland entered two “no contest” pleas in Municipal Court on Monday.

Achtermann’s attorney, Matthew Suellentrop, told the News Journal they entered the pleas to one count of hunting without a license and one count of hunting without a deer permit, both fourth-degree misdemeanors.

“Sentencing will be at a later date to be determined,” said Suellentrop. “Those charges and their underlying facts are wholly unrelated to the injury sustained by (Ohio Wildlife) Officer (Kevin) Behr.”

Davis’ jury trial is for allegedly aiding an offender — also a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

In December, Officer Behr, a 25-year veteran of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, sustained a severe gunshot wound during an investigation into possible deer poaching in the area of Macedonia and Martinsville Road in Clinton County.

Behr was airlifted to a trauma center and underwent two surgeries.

Brian Liming, 44, of Xenia, is suspected of having been the person who shot Behr. Liming pleaded not guilty to charges of alleged assault, tampering with evidence, hunting without a deer permit, and hunting without a license.

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By John Hamilton

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