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Berkeley County man sentenced for firearms charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Shawn D. Schell, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was sentenced Monday to 21 months incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Schell, also known as “Shaun D. Schell,” age 37, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in August 2018. Schell, having previously been convicted of three felonies, admitted to having a .22 caliber rifle in November 2017 in Berkeley County.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Attorney General’s Office has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, the Attorney General’s Office announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

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

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated December 4, 2018

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods