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Former corrections officer pleads guilty in road rage incident

Monday, November 26, 2012

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A former corrections officer at the Western Virginia Regional Jail pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to shooting a firearm at another occupied vehicle and shooting a firearm from a vehicle in an apparent road rage incident.

Benjamin Thomas Wray, 23, of Roanoke, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Eric Michael Dillon, 24, of Glade Hill on April 28 when Wray shot a firearm at another vehicle on Route 116 in Franklin County, according to court records.

The other vehicle was struck by bullets fired by Wray as the two vehicles became involved in passing each other on the road. No one was injured during the road rage incident.

The maximum sentence Wray could get on each of the two felony charges is 10 years in prison.

Wray will be evaluated for entry into the Virginia Department of Corrections Diversion and Detention Center program, which is fashioned after military boot camp.

A sentencing hearing for Wray will be held on Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Circuit Court.

Dillon, who was the driver of the vehicle from which Wray discharged a firearm, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the shooting of a firearm from the vehicle he was driving and shooting a firearm at vehicle occupied by a person.

Dillon was sentenced to 90 days in jail on each of the misdemeanor charges with all the time suspended. He was ordered to pay a fine of $750 on each of the charges and make restitution of $388 to the driver of the other vehicle involved in the road rage incident.

Dillon is a former law enforcement deputy and had planned to join the Virginia Tech Police Department prior to the road rage incident, according to court records.

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