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Two convicted in Baltimore shooting attack on woman

A Baltimore jury convicted two men Thursday in the shooting of a woman after they got into a disagreement with her boyfriend.

Charles Williams, 26, and Travone West, 27, face life in prison when they are sentenced in Baltimore City Circuit Court in February They were convicted of attempted murder and murder conspiracy charges. Attorneys for the two men could not be reached.

The shooting, which happened in the early hours of May 19, 2011, long went unsolved. But a single witness came forward last year and described the attack, the state's attorney's office said. The victim survived.

Chantera Cook was sitting in her car with her then-boyfriend Tyrail Beverly in the 3800 block of Reisterstown Road when another car pulled up behind them, according to prosecutors. Williams, who was known as Future, got out and asked Beverly to come and talk to him.

Williams drove off but returned soon after with West. They opened fire on Cook's car as Beverly urged her to flee. Cook suffered multiple gunshot wounds in her torso but continued driving, attempting to make it to Sinai Hospital. Beverly, who was not hurt, then took over.

"We are thankful that Ms. Cook survived this savage and depraved attack," State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.

"We are also grateful for the courage of a single witness who came forward and spoke the truth, making sure justice was done. And we are gratified that two exceptionally violent individuals will no longer have the opportunity to walk our streets and harm our citizens."

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