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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wood Co. Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegal Firearm Possession

Shaun Linko opened fire at a Lynn Street residence in Parkersburg

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Wood County man who opened fire at a Parkersburg residence in September 2012 pleaded guilty in court to a federal firearm violation.  Shaun Michael Linko, 25, of Parkersburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

On September 19, 2012, police in Parkersburg responded to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of 1122 Lynn Street.  Upon their arrival, officers with the Parkersburg Police Department observed a large quantity of spent shell casings from a semi-automatic rifle in the street, along with apparent bullet holes in the exterior of the residence at 1122 Lynn Street.  A short time later, Wood County deputy sheriffs observed a vehicle at the 7th Street Park and Ride, which is located a short distance from Lynn Street.  As deputies approached the vehicle, they observed an ammunition box on the ground beside the driver’s side door.  Police officers ordered the driver, Shaun Michael Linko, and a female passenger to exit the vehicle.  Both individuals informed police that they were on Lynn Street earlier that same day. 

Linko, who was arrested, told police he shot at the 1122 Lynn Street residence using his rifle.  Officers recovered an assault rifle and loose ammunition from the defendant’s vehicle.

Linko was previously convicted in March 2010 in the Circuit Court of Wood County, West Virginia of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.  The defendant did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored. 

Linko faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on August 27, 2013 by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.    

The investigation was conducted by the Parkersburg Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is also being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Updated January 7, 2015