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Hagerstown man pleads guilty in attempted killing in W.Va.

October 16, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 21-year-old Hagerstown man entered a guilty plea in federal court this week, admitting he attempted to kill a Martinsburg man in retaliation for his testimony in a 2007 trial.

Police alleged that Travis Jackson Latta fired a weapon at the witness' vehicle at least three times on April 30, 2008, at the Martin's Landing apartment complex.

The witness was not injured but one bullet was found lodged in a flattened tire of the vehicle and two other bullets were found lodged in passenger seats, according to a news release by U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter's office.

Latta entered the guilty plea Tuesday in U.S district court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel and remains in custody, pending sentencing, Potter's office said in the announcement.

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He could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison, five years of supervised released a fine of $250,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by the Martinsburg Police Department and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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