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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 41-year-old ex-convict from Utah is due for sentencing in Las Vegas on a reduced charge in a shooting that wounded a Mesquite police officer last year.

Daniel Wesley Runyon faces one to six years in prison for his guilty plea in November to being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm.

Runyon also spells his last name Runyan. His plea avoided trial on multiple charges including attempted murder and assault with a weapon and drug transport and trafficking.

Runyon and Mesquite police Officer Craig Empey were each wounded in the shootout during a traffic stop last March 21.

A Utah woman with Runyon wasn't wounded. Police later reported finding methamphetamine in their car.

Runyon lived in Richfield, Utah, and has served prison time in Nebraska, North Dakota and Utah.

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