By Bob Weaver

A Calhoun man has plead guilty to a charge of a felon in possession of a firearm, and has been sentenced to two-and-one-half years in the state penitentiary.

Billy Ray Hardway, 45, of Millstone, was sentenced Monday in Calhoun Circuit Court by Judge David Nibert, following a plea agreement, according to Calhoun prosecutor Matt Minney.

Hardway (left) was involved in a series of incidents on Daniel's Run in August, 2006, with charges originally filed against the man for allegedly pointing a gun at three juveniles and threatening to shoot them.

When DNR officer John Apgar went to Hardway's residence on August 13, 2006, to serve papers for wanton endangerment, Apgar shot Hardway in the shoulder.

Apgar alleged that Hardway hid behind a door and was reaching for or wielded a knife when he shot him.

That incident resulted in Hardway being charged by Cpl. Doug Starcher of the WV State Police with misdemeanor assault on an officer.

During the past year, Hardway has been in and out of Central Regional Jail, after he lost his bond posted by a family member. He has been suffering from cancer of the eye, and one eye has been removed.

The original charges of wanton endangerment and the charge for assaulting an officer were dropped in the plea agreement.

Following the shooting incident, DNR officer Apgar was transfered from Calhoun to Roane County.