Family members of victims of the 2003 sniper killings say there has been another setback in getting justice against Shawn Lester.
Lester pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges in an unrelated case on Nov. 14 in federal court.
It was really an emotional day as family members of the victims appeared teary-eyed. They are still hoping Lester gets the maximum sentence, 9 years later.
Shawn Lester is the man authorities say killed Jeanie Patton, Gary Carrier Jr. And Oakey Meadows in sniper-style shootings at area gas stations that had everyone in fear of going to the pump to fill up.
Three first-degree murder charges against him were dropped earlier this year, and he was supposed to serve a 40-year-sentence on one count of second-degree murder. But he was also sentenced to 20 years for possessing a gun, while addicted to pain-killers.
U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver was not satisfied because the 20-year and 40-year sentences would be running at the same time.
"Personally, for me, it doesn't get easier and with the holidays coming up, it makes it even harder," said Karen Mance, Patton's sister.
Lester is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Dec. 10 to see about just how long he will have to serve for that gun and drug sentence.