Wood County man pleads guilty in federal court

CHARLESTON – A Wood County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal firearms violation in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Shaun Michael Linko, 25, of Parkersburg pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Linko was charged with opening fire at a Parkersburg residence in September 2012

According to court records, on Sept. 19, 2012, Parkersburg police responded to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of 1122 Lynn St. Upon arrival, officers 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.

A short time later, Wood County sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle at the Seventh Street Park and Ride. As deputies approached the vehicle, they observed an ammunition box on the ground beside the driver’s side door.

Police officers ordered Linko and a female passenger to exit the vehicle. Both individuals informed police they were on Lynn Street earlier that day.

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

Linko had been convicted in March 2010 in Wood County Circuit Court of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. Linko’s rights to possess a firearm had not been restored.

Linko faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 27 by U.S. 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 U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crimes in the U.S. by networking local programs targeting gun crimes, officials said.