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Man sentenced for shooting police informant

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - A West Virginia man who admitted to shooting a confidential police informant has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison.

Prosecutors announced the sentence for 36-year-old Shawn T. Anderson of Bluefield on Tuesday.

Anderson pleaded guilty in October 2012 to carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Officials say that Anderson admitted that he confronted the informant about cooperating with law enforcement during a December 2011 meeting near Bluefield. During the meeting, Anderson said he displayed a gun in an attempt to scare him out of further police cooperation. One of the several rounds Anderson fired from the gun struck the confidential informant in the hand.


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