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Bedford man pleads guilty in shooting that injured two children

Bedford man pleads guilty in shooting that injured two children

Ricky Darnell Blake

Ricky Darnell Blake

A man charged in an April shooting that left two young boys injured by shattered vehicle window glass pleaded guilty to downgraded charges on Nov. 10.

Ricky Darnell Blake, 45, of Bedford, was charged with maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle, using a firearm in a felony, possessing a firearm as a violent felon and two counts of malicious wounding from the April 5 shooting.

In exchange for guilty pleas Nov. 10 in Bedford Circuit Court, Bedford Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Dolen dropped the charge of using a firearm as a felony and downgraded the charges of malicious wounding and maliciously shooting into an occupied vehicle to unlawful wounding and unlawfully shooting into an occupied vehicle, which bear shorter ranges of sentencing.

Blake was at his home the evening of April 5 when he got into an “altercation” with another man, Dolen told the court. He retrieved a rifle from his home and shot at the man’s vehicle as it was leaving, shattering the back windshield.

Two boys sitting in the middle of the back seat, ages 5 and 7, were injured by the shattered glass, Dolen said.

Blake’s attorney, Ronnie West, said his client had no intent to harm the children that evening.

Judge James Updike found Blake guilty of the four charges to which he pleaded on Nov. 10. He’ll be able to remain out of jail on bond, and his next court date will be on Jan. 26.

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