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Charleston man sentenced to prison in West Side shooting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man will spend at least the next 13 years in prison, and maybe much longer, for shooting two men in the face inside a 7-Eleven store earlier this year.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King sentenced Antonio "Shake" Collins to 13 to 50 years in prison. Collins' sentences for the two attempted murder charges and two malicious wounding charges he pleaded guilty to will run consecutively, King said.

Collins, 33, admitted to shooting Joshua Lawson and Patrick Moore Jr. at the 7-Eleven on Washington Street West in April. He was given credit for the 236 days he's already been in jail.

"When I got that call my son had been shot, it took me down," Marlena Daugherty, Lawson's mother, told the judge. "If the bullet had hit a little more of that vein, my son wouldn't be here."

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants called the crime the "most random act of violence I've seen in the last eight years I've been prosecutor."

Surveillance video from the gas station shows Collins bumping into Lawson, who then exchanged words with Collins, according to police.

Collins pulled a handgun, pressed it to Lawson's face and shot him, according to police. After he shot Lawson, Collins then chased Moore, a friend of Lawson, to the back of the store and shot him in the face too, according to police.

Collins then put the gun in his pants and calmly exited the store, police said at the time.

Ed ReBrook, Collins' attorney, said his client suffered from "severe mental problems" and asked the judge to consider allowing the sentences to run at the same time.

"He accepted responsibility and told the court what he did," ReBrook told the judge. Collins did not speak at Thursday's hearing.

King handed down a 3- to 15-year sentence for one of the attempted murder charges and a 6- to 15-year sentence on the other, because Collins was charged for being a repeat offender. For the two malicious wounding charges, Collins received consecutive 2- to 10-year sentences.

"For him to just up and shoot him and almost take his life," Daugherty said in court Thursday. "I had to sit there and teach my baby how to eat through a tube."Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.


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