A Clinton County Judge sentenced Brian Liming of Xenia to four years and six months in prison last week after Liming was found guilty of shooting state wildlife officer Kevin Behr. Judge Tim Rudduck gave Liming eight days credit and ordered him to begin his prison sentence immediately.
Liming, 44, was found guilty last month of assault, tampering with evidence and hunting without a deer permit. Liming shot Behr last December after officers were investigating a deer poaching complaint in Clinton County.
Behr addressed Liming in the courtroom during the sentencing phase, telling him not only the effect that the shooting has had on his life, the month-long coma he was in and how he still has surgeries to undergo. Liming also addressed the court saying he “isn’t a bad guy” and hoped to be given less prison time so he could be with his kids. In the end, Judge Rudduck wasn’t impressed by the plea for a light sentence for Liming, who left an Ohio Wildlife officer on the ground to die.
Liming also had prior offenses such as domestic violence and vehicular homicide and is still facing federal charges.