Beatrice man pleads no contest to charges in fatal shooting

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that 26-year-old Brandon Long entered pleas Monday to counts of making terroristic threats and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon.
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Brandon Joseph Long is facing charges of Murder in the 2nd Degree, Discharging a firearm in city limits and use of a weapon to commit a felony in Gage County

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Beatrice man has pleaded no contest to felony counts in the fatal shooting of a man outside his home last December.

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that 26-year-old Brandon Long entered pleas Monday to counts of making terroristic threats and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon. In exchange, counts of second-degree murder and another weapons count were dismissed.

Police arrested Long after Alex Rader, of Beatrice, was found Dec. 30 outside Long’s home with a gunshot wound.

Police say Long told officers he heard a disturbance outside his home, saw a man standing next to his house and shot him. Police say the two men knew each other and that the shooting did not appear to have been in self defense.

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