A Joplin teen who exchanged gunfire with police in October has been sent to a dual jurisdiction program. Gabriel Barber, who was 16 at the time, was wanted in connection with a shooting at Parr Hill on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017. Police went to his mother’s house on West 5th Street the next day to take him into custody, but Barber fled the home and then fired two shots at police before eventually surrendering.
A judge gave Barber concurrent terms of 15 years for first degree assault, five years for armed criminal action and four years for resisting arrest. He will stay in the program until he is 21, then the court will decide to put him on probation or make him serve his sentence in prison.
Barber plead guilty to those charges in April and five other charges were dropped as a plea agreement. Those dropped charges were related to the Parr Hill Park shooting where Barber allegedly exchanged gunshots with a driver of a nearby vehicle. You’ll remember that two bystanders were grazed by those bullets.