Lester enters plea on drug charges
Shawn Lester was back in court Thursday. He's been convicted in one of the three sniper-style shootings in the Kanawha Valley and faced unrelated federal drug charges yesterday. Lester is accused of distributing oxycodone and cocaine between 2005 and 2011 near Sissonville. Lester was indicted on the charges in July and pleaded not guilty yesterday. If he's convicted, Lester faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. In a plea deal, Lester pleaded guilty to the murder of Jeannie Patton, who was one of three people shot to death at a Kanawha County gas station in 2003. Murder charges in the deaths of Gary Carrier Jr. and Okey Meadows Jr. were dropped as part of the deal.