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Lawyer pleads no contest to weapon charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg lawyer accused of threatening a group of partygoers with a gun will pay a fine and perform community service.

Media outlets report that Michael Shawn Santa Barbara pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor charges of brandishing and carrying a concealed deadly weapon without a permit.

Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey sentenced Santa Barbara to 30 days in jail and then suspended the term in lieu of 50 hours of community service. Santa Barbara also must pay a $500 fine.

West Virginia State Police said Santa Barbara went to a boat dock near his home where a party was being held, pulled a gun on the group and ordered them to leave. He told police the neighborhood was upset about the noise and traffic.


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