W.Va. man in prison for slaying gets 6 more years

CHARLESTON (AP) — A man already serving 40 years for one of the three sniper-style slayings in the Charleston area has been sentenced to an additional six years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 36-year-old Shawn Lester of Charleston was sentenced Monday. Lester previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and a habitual drug user in possession of a firearm.

The six-year term will run consecutively to the sentence Lester is serving for the 2003 fatal shooting of Jeanne Patton. In exchange for Lester’s plea to second-degree murder, prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges in the deaths of two other people. All three were shot in the neck and head at convenience stores.

Prosecutors said the slayings, which came soon after the Washington-area sniper shootings, were drug-related.

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