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Man gets 20 years for wounding, standoff with city police

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BY KEITH EPPS

THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A man who shot one of his neighbors before engaging in a six-hour standoff with police last year was ordered Wednesday to serve 20 years in prison.

Michael Allen Bailey

Michael Allen Bailey

Michael Allen Bailey, 50, entered multiple guilty pleas in Fredericksburg Circuit Court.

As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to a total of 88 years in prison with all but 20 suspended.

According to the evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins, Bailey entered the home of Richard Dovidio at the Commons at Cowan Boulevard the evening of Oct. 31 and opened fire. The complex is next to the city police station.

Bailey and Dovidio had had run-ins before, but nothing as volatile as that night.

Dovidio was hit three times, once in the arm, back and buttocks. He was treated at a hospital that night and released.

Bailey later told Detective Wayne Hunnicutt that Dovidio had threatened to kill him at midnight and that he tried to shoot his eyes out because “if he couldn’t see, he wouldn’t [expletive] with nobody no more.”

Police shut down the area that night as Bailey barricaded himself in his apartment.

Several more shots were fired, but no one was struck. Bailey finally gave himself up early Nov. 1.

The rifle Bailey used had been stolen from another neighbor’s home. That victim didn’t know the gun was missing until he heard shots being fired that night.

It appeared at times Wednesday that Bailey was going to be unable to enter his pleas.

Under routine questioning from Judge J. Martin Bass, Bailey broke down and started wailing and rambling.

“Why does it have to be this way?” a sobbing Bailey said. “I don’t know what to do. If I go one way they kill me; if I go the other way they kill me.

“I don’t know why I done those things. I wish I could go back.”

Bass waited patiently for Bailey to compose himself, then resumed the hearing.

Though he’d mentioned being “confused,” this time Bailey said he understood what was going on and his pleas were eventually accepted.

Defense attorney Phillip Sasser said Bailey suffers from paranoid schizophrenia but was found sane enough to stand trial.

Bailey was convicted of aggravated malicious wounding, burglary, shooting into an occupied dwelling, larceny of a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and possessing a firearm as a felon.

A number of other charges were dropped.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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