Man arrested over gunshot-like sounds near base stays jailed

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Posted: Aug 07, 2015 6:48 PM
Man arrested over gunshot-like sounds near base stays jailed

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man charged in incidents initially reported as gunshots fired near a Mississippi military base remained jailed Friday and could be returned to prison.

Deputy Justice Court Clerk Christine Dunham said Justice Court Judge Barry Pitts set bail during a hearing Friday for Alfred Baria Sr., 62, at $1,000 apiece for four misdemeanor disturbing the peace charges.

However, Dunham said, no bail was set on two charges against Baria of being a convicted felon illegally possessing guns. She said Baria requested a preliminary hearing on those charges and Paul B. Johnson was appointed as his lawyer. Johnson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Baria was convicted of burglary in 1976 in Jackson County and a drug-related charge in 2002 in Perry County. In 2006, he was convicted in Jackson County on multiple charges, including some relating to making methamphetamines, and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Spokeswoman Grace Simmons Fisher said the Mississippi Department of Corrections has served papers on Baria to revoke his probation and send him back to prison. A judge in Jackson County would have to hold a hearing before Baria's probation could be revoked. If the judge found a violation, he would have to determine whether Baria would be sentenced for a 90-day technical violation or a longer time.

No date has been set for the preliminary hearing in justice court or the revocation hearing.

Baria was arrested Wednesday after soldiers on Tuesday and Wednesday reported what sounded like gunshots near Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center and described a pickup that looked like Baria's Isuzu. Baria told officials the sounds were only his truck backfiring and denies shooting at soldiers. No current charges allege Baria shot at them.

Investigators called in a bomb squad to X-ray an item that looked like it could be a pipe bomb but was only a carrier for hardware and parts. However, police found guns at the mobile home Baria shares with his son in the remote Oak Grove community of southern Perry County.

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