A man charged with attempted murder east of Dornoch July 26 pleaded guilty instead to firearms offences and was sentenced to eight years in prison on the first day of what was to be a four-day trial in Walkerton last week.Christopher Cory Nevius, 32, formerly of Kitchener, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton on April 16. After credit of 264 days in custody, enhanced by half again as courts do, he has 83 months or almost seven years left to serve.A lifetime weapons prohibition and DNA order were imposed and the court ordered Nevius not to communicate with the man he had been charged with attempting to murder, Dustin Sturgeon. Court documents show he was the victim alleged.There was no agreed statement of facts prepared, Bruce County Crown attorney Melody Martin, who was out of the office, confirmed by email Friday. She also confirmed the attempted murder charge was withdrawn.Nevius pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a loaded restricted firearm, a .32-cal. GSG 19 handgun and of a .32-cal. revolver, possession of a .40-cal. Glock handgun without a licence to possess it, and possession of all three guns while prohibited by court order.All counts were from last July 26 in West Grey. All weapons and various ammunition seized by police were forfeited to the Crown.Nevius had faced 17 criminal offences.Police said in a news release shortly after the incident which led to the charges that police were dispatched to a home along the Glenelg-Holland Townline, where a person in distress was found shot with a firearm. The shooting was reported about 2:30 a.m., police said in a later interview. They believe a handgun was used to commit the offence, and both men knew each other, police said.The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, and then was airlifted to another hospital.West Grey Police Service and the OPP emergency response teams contained the area where the suspect was believed to be, the news release said. With the help of Waterloo Regional Police, Nevius was located in Kitchener.When police made what the release termed a “high-risk arrest” of Nevius, using Waterloo’s emergency response team, they seized three loaded handguns, rounds of ammunition, a large quantity of cash and suspected methamphetamine and pills, the West Grey police news release said.Nevius had been charged with attempted murder while using a restricted firearm, discharge firearm with intent to endanger, unauthorized possession of a loaded, restricted firearm and of a loaded, prohibited firearm, three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a restricted weapon knowing it was obtained by crime, possession of a firearm knowing the serial number was defaced, seven counts of fail to comply with a weapons prohibition order, and assault with a weapon, a handgun.