SALEM, VA., DEC. 4 -- A Roanoke man who opened fire in a service garage after waiting all day for car repairs that were not done has been told to turn in his gun.
Salem Circuit Judge G.O. Clemens also ordered Jesse Carl Baker, 67, to pay $118 in court costs after Baker entered a guilty plea to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, the .25-caliber pistol he had to give to the state.
"I'm sorry and ashamed of what happened," Baker said. "It's been a long ordeal and I'm glad it's over. I didn't think anything like that would ever happen to me, but you never know what life's got in store for you."
Baker said that on July 24, he took his 1979 Thunderbird to Miracle Ford's garage in Salem to have an air conditioner switch fixed. After waiting more than 10 hours, during which time Baker repeatedly was told his car would be ready, he was told the garage would keep it over the weekend. He then opened fire.
In September, Baker was sentenced to 12 months in jail after General District Judge George Harris reduced a charge of attempted malicious wounding to a charge of discharging a firearm.
Imposition of the sentence was delayed while a background report was prepared.