Man charged with setting Portage County deputy on fire pleads guilty

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RAVENNA, Ohio (WJW) - Jay Brannon, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of attempted aggravated murder and aggravated arson in an attack that seriously injured a Portage County Sheriff's deputy.

Authorities were attempting to serve felony warrants on Brannon in a property in Rootstown in February 2019 when it happened, according to the news release.

The press release stated Brannon ignited a can of flammable liquid and "proceeded to make threats that he was going to, 'Kill the cops.'"

He threw the ignited can of liquid at officers, striking Sgt. James Acklin, according to sheriff's office.

Brannon's trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but he changed his plea in the case.

He's scheduled for sentencing Jan. 13.

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