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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Berkeley County man facing firearms charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Shawn D. Schell, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, appeared before a federal magistrate judge today after being indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg on May 15, 2018, on a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Schell, also known as “Shaun D. Schell,” age 36, was indicted on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Schell, having previously been convicted of three felonies, is accused of having a .22 caliber rifle in November 2017 in Berkeley County.

Schell faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated May 16, 2018