EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSKanawha Sniper Shootings Began 10 Years Ago
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 10, 2013 4:41 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 10, 2013 6:38 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Saturday marked 10 years since a sniper shooting spree began in West Virginia.
The first victim, Garry Carrier, 44, was shot at a payphone outside of a Charleston Go-Mart back on Aug. 10, 2003.
Four days later, a shooting at a gas station in Campbells Creek and another filling station in Cedar Grove.
The shootings triggered panic across the area, as police started a huge manhunt for the suspect.
But it wasn't until two years ago that Shawn Lester, 38, admitted to two of the shootings, which he claimed were retaliation for someone stealing rare "pink meth" from him.
Lester was eventually charged in all three killings, and pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder last year.
He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
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