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November 1, 2012

Records show new plea bargain for W.Va. shooter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal court records indicate a Charleston man involved in the 2003 sniper shootings that terrorized the Kanawha Valley has a new plea bargain on gun and drug charges after a judge rejected an earlier deal.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/Twz8Fa) reports prosecutors have filed a motion seeking another hearing to allow Shawn Thomas Lester to plead guilty.

U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver in September rejected the first deal, saying the punishment wasn't sufficient.

Lester had been charged with distributing oxycodone and cocaine and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lester was sentenced in state court earlier to 40 years on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting of Jeanie Patton. In exchange, other charges were dropped in the deaths of Patton, Okey Meadows Jr. and Gary Carrier Jr.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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