"Well here's the thing . . . I mean he's gonna recognize your face," the informant told him.
"I know that's why I'm thinkin' about just . . . puttin' him out," Lester said.
"I'm afraid they'll find it out," the informant said.
"All you got to do . . ." Lester said.
"You sure?" the informant interrupted.
". . . is be clean man, just be clean," Lester told him.
Lester was arrested on March 30, 2011, and charged with Patton's murder after Sam Ranson, a longtime friend of Lester, came forward with information. Ranson told authorities Lester told him he killed Patton over the theft of an engine stuffed with methamphetamine. The drugs were owned by a member of the Mexican Mafia named Tito Lopez.
Cooper said Lester's lifestyle revolved around drugs and guns.
Photos presented during trial showed Lester handling rifles in the Sissonville area home of Sandra and Rodney Shaffer Sr.
The images were captured with surveillance cameras in the Shaffer home. Authorities said Sandra Shaffer installed the cameras for security and to spy on her husband with his girlfriend. Those tapes were confiscated in the April search of Shaffer's property.
Sandra Shaffer testified in federal court last week that Lester had access to weapons at her home and that she saw Lester regularly handle some of the 17 guns kept in safes around the home. The weapons belonged to her husband, she said.
She said drugs and drug abusers flowed in and out of their home on a daily basis. Lester lived with the Shaffers for a while and later lived in trailers they owned.
Lester, who pleaded guilty to Patton's murder, never admitted to pulling the trigger. Authorities said Rodney Shaffer Jr., son of Rodney Sr. and Sandra Shaffer, would have testified he was lying in the backseat of a green Ford Bronco on Aug. 14, 2003, the night Patton and Meadows were killed, when he heard a shot fired. His father was sitting up front with Lester.
Rodney Shaffer Sr. died in 2008.
Cooper said the senior Shaffer was the "godfather of that crew" and said he was just as culpable in the shootings as Lester.
"If Rodney Shaffer Sr. were alive today, he would also be in prison for his participation in the sniper murders," Cooper said.
Lester pleaded guilty in August to one count of second-degree murder in Patton's death. His plea was entered the morning a jury was to be selected for his trial. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for that offense.
Last week, U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver added another six years to that sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.