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Man sentenced in 2007 drive-by shooting

March 05, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The gunman in the drive-by shooting of a man who testified in a federal drug trial in August 2007 was sentenced to 63 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter's office announced Wednesday.

Travis Jackson Latta, 21, of Hagerstown, will be expected to serve four years of supervised probation after the prison sentence, which was decided on Feb. 25 by Judge John P. Bailey, according to a news release.

Latta also was ordered by the court to pay $4,166 in restitution.

Latta, who entered a guilty plea in October 2008 to attempting to kill a witness, was accused of firing a 9mm HiPoint pistol in April 2008, at a van driven by the victim, who was not injured.

Bullets were found lodged in the vehicle's passenger seats and in the tire after the shooting happened on April 30 while the victim was driving home from work, according to Potter's office.

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Co-defendant Matthew Quinn Mason, in October 2008, was convicted of attempting to kill a witness, but has not been sentenced yet, according to Potter's office.

Mason of Falling Waters, W.Va., was operating the vehicle from which Latta fired the gun, authorities have said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erin K. Reisenweber and Thomas O. Mucklow, and investigated by the Martinsburg Police Department, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police.

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