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Family dispute led to gunshots in Williamsport

May 30, 1997

A family dispute was at the center of an incident on Monday that led to shots being fired at two cars in Williamsport, according to Washington County District court records.

James Glenn Barker, 66, of 15715 Fenton Ave., was charged with three counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was released on personal recognizance but was admitted to Washington County Hospital after he complained of chest pains.

Barker was released from the hospital Thursday, a hospital official said.

Barker fired a shotgun at two cars outside his house just after 9 p.m., according to charging documents filed in court. The intended victims - two in one car and one in the other - are Barker's grandchildren, family members said.

The grandsons - James Edward Jordan, Jason Michael Jordan and Joel Patrick Jordan, escaped injury, court records said.

One vehicle was struck in the on the passenger-side rear window seat area. The other vehicle was struck in the rear window, according to court records.

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If convicted, Barker faces considerable jail time. First-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison; second-degree assault could bring up to 10 years in prison; and reckless endangerment has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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