Muncie man sentenced to 15 years for firearm, recklessness convictions

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Billy Barker Jr.
Billy Barker Jr.

MUNCIE, Ind. — A Muncie man who fired a gun during a 2020 road rage incident was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison.

A Delaware Circuit Court 2 jury in November found Billy Ray Barker Jr., 48, guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness and criminal mischief.

The convictions stemmed from an incident on Aug. 18, 2020, when Muncie police received a report of a man firing gunshots at Memorial Drive and Madison Street.

Barker was on parole at the time of the incident. He is forbidden from possessing firearms due to his criminal record, which includes a voluntary manslaughter conviction stemming from a Muncie man's shooting death in 1993.

His parole in that case was revoked after the 2020 arrest. His incarceration stemming from the manslaughter conviction is now scheduled to run until May 2032.

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On Monday, Barker received a 10-year sentence for the firearm conviction, a Level 4 felony carrying up to 12 years in prison.

Judge Kimberly Dowling also imposed a five-year prison term, to be served consecutively, for the recklessness conviction, a Level 5 felony with a maximum six-year sentence.

Barker also had an earlier convictions for battery, in 1992.

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Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at dwalker@muncie.gannett.com.

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