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Wildlife official plans to change plea

Plea change

Well, well…

The Ohio wildlife official who originally pleaded not guilty to federal charges of falsifying records and trafficking in illegally killed white-tailed deer has apparently decided to change his plea. From the Associated Press:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer plans to change his plea on federal charges accusing him of helping a South Carolina hunter illegally obtain an Ohio deer license at a discount that saved him about $105.
A court filing Tuesday said Allan Wright, of Russellville, planned to change his plea next month to charges of trafficking in and making false records for illegally harvested white-tailed deer.
A message was left with his attorney. A change of plea filing typically means a defendant is pleading guilty.
Investigators have said Wright illegally let a South Carolina wildlife official use his home address in 2006 to receive a $19 license for an Ohio resident instead of paying the $125 out-of-state fee.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources dismissed Wright in October.