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Man sentenced to 83 years in prison for pulling gun on officers

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VA (WFXR News) - A Virginia man has been sentenced to 83 years in prison after pulling a gun on two Christiansburg police officers and fighting them over the weapon in 2016, according to Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary K. Pettitt.

Pettitt said Burdis Gene Barker Jr. was also ordered to pay $290,000 in fines on Monday.

The Commonwealth Attorneys office said in October he was found guilty of attempted capital murder of law enforcement officers. Officers said when they were called in 2016 to investigate Barker, he pulled the gun on them. Barker, however, testified it was planted by police.

Pettitt also told WFXR News, a separate jury trial is set for December in Roanoke County after Barker reportedly plotted to kill a judge and sheriff's deputy while in jail.

Wade Nichols represented Barker on the charges in Montgomery County, but it is unclear if he will on the Roanoke County charges.

Burdis is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond.


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