Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 31, 2012

W.Va. man gets 40 years for sniper-style slaying

CHARLESTON — A man convicted of one of the sniper-style slayings that rattled the Kanawha Valley in 2003 has received the maximum 40-year sentence.

Media outlets report that 37-year-old Shawn Lester of Charleston also won’t get credit for time served since his arrest.

Lester pleaded guilty on July 30 to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeanne Patton. In exchange for the plea, first-degree murder charges were dropped in the deaths of Patton, Okey Meadows Jr. and Gary Carrier Jr.

All three were shot outside convenience stores in August 2003. The shootings initially appeared random. Prosecutors later said they were drug-related.

Lester said during Friday’s sentencing hearing in Kanawha County Circuit Court that he hopes everyone can get closure on the case and move on with their lives.


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