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Former officer to serve 18 months in road rage incident

Friday, January 25, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A former corrections officer at the Western Virginia Regional Jail will serve 18 months of a six-year sentence for shooting at another vehicle in a road rage incident on April 28, 2012.

Benjamin Thomas Wray, 23, of Roanoke was sentenced Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to three years on each of two charges -- shooting a firearm at an occupied vehicle and shooting a firearm from a vehicle.

Wray was ordered to pay a $200 fine and to be of good behavior for 10 years. He was also sentenced to three years probation.

Wray 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 passed each other on the road. No one was injured during the incident.

Dillon was sentenced to 90 days in jail on two misdemeanor charges after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the shooting incident. All the time was suspended.

Dillon 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 incident.

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

 
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