Lester Faces New Charge

Accused Kanawha County sniper Shawn Lester is facing a new charge. Lester was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on a drug charge for distributing cocaine and oxycodone between 2005 and 2011 near Sissonville. Lester also faces a federal gun possession charge and has entered a guilty plea for that. He awaits a September sentencing. The federal charges are separate from the state charges related to the murders of Jeannie Patton, Okey Meadows Jr., and Gary Carrier in 2003. The trial on the state charges is scheduled to start later this month and last into August or September.