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Felon pleads guilty to firing rifle

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Wood County man who shot a rifle he was legally barred from owning at a Parkersburg home last year could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

Shaun Linko, 25, of Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.

Parkersburg police responded in September to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Lynn Street. When officers arrived, they found a large number of spent shell casings from a semi-automatic rifle in the street and bullet holes in the exterior walls of the house at 1122 Lynn Street.

Wood County deputies saw a car at the Seventh Street Park and Ride, which is a short distance from Lynn Street, and went to check it out. Deputies saw an ammunition box on the ground beside the driver's side door.

Deputies ordered the driver, Linko, and his female passenger out of the vehicle. They told deputies they had been on Lynn Street earlier in the day. Further search of the vehicle turned up an assault rifle and loose ammunition.

Linko was convicted in 2010 of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance in Wood Circuit Court. He has not had his rights to possess a firearm restored.

In addition to prison time, he also faces a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 27. The Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks led the prosecution.


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