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Suspect faces first-degree murder charge

November 09, 1999

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Greenbrier County, W.Va., Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Hanson has decided to charge Andrew Mugnano with first-degree murder, he said Tuesday.

Mugnano was being held Tuesday night without bond at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver, W.Va.

Mugnano was charged with fatally shooting his estranged wife and wounding her boyfriend in Greenbrier County on Friday night, Hanson has said.

Theresa Lynn Mugnano, 32, was shot three times as she sat in a pickup truck at a gas station, where she and Gary Wayne Sims stopped on the way to visit her relatives, Hanson has said.

Sims, 27, of Mockingbird Mobile Court off W.Va. 51 near Gerrardstown, W.Va., was in satisfactory condition at Charleston Area Medical Center on Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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Sims was shot in the face as he left the gas station's restroom, Hanson has said.

Premeditation is required for a conviction on first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without possibility of parole.

"He was waiting for them there at that intersection" of Interstate 64 and W.Va. 60, Hanson alleged Monday.

Andrew Mugnano, 36, of 959 Middleway Road near Bunker Hill, W.Va., also was charged with malicious wounding, Hanson said.

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