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$5M bond set for suspect in 8-year-old Bryce Linebaugh's slaying

Published: Thu, August 23, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

Vigil tonight for Bryce Linebaugh

  Wilson Arraignment

By Ashley Luthern



As the family of a slain 8-year-old boy prepares for a candlelight vigil tonight, the suspect in the case remains in jail on a $5 million bond.

Shawn R. Wilson, 21, was charged Wednesday after- noon with aggravated murder in the shooting death of Bryce Linebaugh, who was killed early Monday as he slept in a bunk bed at his Maplewood Court home in Rockford Village on the city’s East Side.

Police recovered what’s believed to be the murder weapon Tuesday morning in a wooded area next to Wilson’s Browning Avenue residence.

City senior Prosecutor Bassil Ally called it “a case of a parent’s worst nightmare” during Wilson’s arraignment before Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly in Youngstown Municipal Court.

Ally requested a $5 million bond because police believe that Wilson had a verbal dispute Sunday with an individual who lived in Rockford Village and that Wilson returned with a rifle that night and “began firing with no regard for life.”

City Prosecutor Dana Lantz said her office sought a high bond because it is alleged that during Wilson’s disagreement, he told the individual he would “come back and shoot up a house — and that’s exactly what he did.”

Lantz also pointed to evidence that Wilson tried to hide the firearm, wiped down his car and washed his clothes as another reason for a high bond.

“He is obviously a danger,” she said.

If convicted of aggravated murder, Wilson could be sentenced to life in prison or death, Lantz said.

Judge Kobly said the court would appoint counsel for Wilson and set a preliminary hearing for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

Family, friends and community members of Bryce will gather at 9 tonight at Rockford Village for a candlelight vigil, said Laurie Sayers, who is serving as a spokeswoman for the Linebaugh family.

“We appreciate all the outreach,” Sayers said.

Visitation hours for Bryce will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel, 1350 N. Niles-Canfield Road, and also one hour before the noon funeral service Friday at Leavittsburg Church of God, 610 S. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bryce Linebaugh Memorial Fund at any Huntington Bank branch.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years ago

That Punk Shawn Wilson, not so tough without his " chopper ".

R.I.P. Bryce

I hope your "free lawyer" sells you out Wilson.

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2DwightK(1384 comments)posted 3 years ago

I really hope he doesn't get some plea deal. He needs to take a needle in the arm for this.

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3kensgirl(840 comments)posted 3 years ago

How about taking that needle and putting it through his eyeball and other places first.

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4Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago

""If convicted of aggravated murder, Wilson could be sentenced to life in prison or death, Lantz said."""

Death, death, death,death,death,death,death.......

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5redvert(2173 comments)posted 3 years ago

"But it was a accident Judge, I didn't mean to shoot that boy, I wanted to shoot someone else"

I see a plea deal coming, no surprise!

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6GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 3 years ago

I don’t want to lose focus that this was a cold blooded, premeditated, calculated murder of an INNOCENT child by a clear aggressor. The evidence is compelling and JUSTICE will be served in due time!! I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative to investigate every aspect of this vicious crime and that everybody pulls together – federal, state and local – to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened. He deserves what he dished out!!! The murder of my nephew (BRYCE) should NOT be inconsequential because of where he lived or anyone’s ethnicity! PLEASE, LET US STAY FOCUSED ON THE CRIME COMMITED and the CRIMINAL THAT COMMITTED IT. Please continue to keep the LINEBAUGH FAMILY (Jessica) in your prayers and hearts!!

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7redeye1(5172 comments)posted 3 years ago

If he gets a plea deal then whoever gives it to him ( the judge or the DA) should be fired right now!! I don't care who does it , this why crime is so out of control around here

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8steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years ago

I think this senseless murder just might be the straw that breaks the camels back.
People who never talk to the police braved retaliation and came forward to help put this gutless coward behind bars.

The community and police came together as almost never before to stand up for young Bryce and his family.
If any possible good can come out of such a terrible and needless tragedy it's the message being sent by the police and the community that


Now the next step is for the community to put pressure on the prosecuter and the judge to allow no plea deals and for full and maxiumn prosecution and sentencing.

Assistant prosecuter Mr.Ally has requested a high bond of 5 million dollars and Judge Kolby agreed,an excellent start !!
I totally agree with GiannaBean.
"Stay focused on the crime commited and the criminal who commited it"
And let's go one more step by focusing on the court and the legal system as well.

They as well as the violent thugs who hold our community hostage need to know that their regin of terror,violence,retaliation and a slap on the wrist for repeat violent offenders is over.

As a decent,civil society we can and should honor the memory of young Bryce and all the child victims of violence by demanding no less than full prosecution and lenghty prison sentences without parole,early or judicial release for any violent offender who harms our community.

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9mixbarbie22(4 comments)posted 3 years ago

ppl stf my brother aint no killer it was a damn accident wtf is wrong with ya ya need to ly off real tawlk

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10binx(81 comments)posted 3 years ago

Mixbarbie... what the heck did you just write? English please. An innocent child was killed, so yes, he did kill a life that had not even started as he slept in his bed. So chk yo self.

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11GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 3 years ago

THANK YOU STEELWAGON!!!!!!!!! I pray that BRYCE did not die in vain and that this innocent, precious child’s memory can bring a torn and broken community together!!! Use this precious life lost as a turning stone to STOP the violence and rid out the legal/illegal corruption that keep breeding atrocity to the citizens and our children!!

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12whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years ago

Mixbarbie, your jibberish becomes you.

Your Brother a.k.a. baby killer shawn wilson did in fact open up on apartment building with an ak47 ( chopper so you can understand) , with no regard for human life.

Do you think they just grow flowers in a residential apartment building. I think not, humans live in these buildings.

I hope your brother gets the needle and all of his little gangsta brothas and sistas. white/black/red/ or green .

You are living in a bubble, idiot !

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13GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 3 years ago

REALLY????????? MixBarbie!!! This IS NOT!! the TIME nor PLACE for your pleading. PLEASE!!!! Have a little respect for the Linebaugh family and let them at LEAST bury BRYCE!! How “DARE YOU” to disrespect the family and community any further!! Take your pleading to the Mahoning County Court House. Better yet HIRE you a PAID attorney who will listen!! STOP THE FOOLISHNESS…Take your NONSENSE somewhere else!! At least you had your chance to get to know your brother… Aniah and Jayvon will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER have those opportunities!!!!! THIS BREAKS MY HEART!!!!!!!!

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14Silence_Dogood(1514 comments)posted 3 years ago

"my brother aint no killer it was a damn accident"

What a joke, as you would say "is u fo real"
I hope they FRY that monster, baby killing fool.

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15Bluewater(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

I don't believe anyone would post in defense of Shawn Wilson! It is in poor taste to say anything... Even I'm sorry!! People are sick of talking to young men, that pick up guns for any reason!! IT IS ALL ABOUT BRYCE's MEMORY, MOTHER, FAMILY & FRIENDS!! Shawn has always been a bad seed! He shot up houses and cars when he was 12!! HE HAS NEVER HAD RESPECT FOR LIFE!!! HEY SIS, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN HE WAS TORTURING ANIMALS AND BREAKING IN HOUSES?! Oh, and where were you, when he joined a GANG!!!???

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16taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years ago

Wow ....."ppl stf my brother aint no killer it was a damn accident wtf is wrong with ya ya need to ly off real tawlk "

Did anyone else understand the gibberish?? I'm shocked you even have the nerve to come on here and try to say it was an accident, if that is what you were getting at.

Crawl back under the rock you came from and pray that next time it isn't you killed "accidentally" or one of yours!

Gianna -- I know you want to stay connected on here and it probably helps to know people are feeling the pain with you, please don't read these kind of comments. Go be with your family and grieve in peace. We are all praying for your family.

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17molly(16 comments)posted 3 years ago

He needs put down

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18GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 3 years ago

Thank you >>> TAXPAYER 1001...

The community support for Bryce at the candle light vigil was AMAZING. I am so remorseful that Jessica has to endure the torturous anguish of burying her 8 year old son Bryce TODAY!!! I recognize nothing can take her heartache and agony away, but maybe with the passing of time the sharp edges of unrelenting pain and grief will soften. DYING IS NOT NATURAL. Death was not part of God's plan for us, thus we are rightly devastated. Community support is reassuring, comforting and heartening!! I plan to continue supporting my family and without hesitations!! Please support the family at the funeral today…comfort Jessica for she is fragile. Your many thoughts and prayers are SOOOO appreciative!! Preserving Bryce’s legacy will take a village.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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19Fred(131 comments)posted 3 years ago

The killing of Bryce Linebaugh has nothing to do with civil rights or the the civil rights movement.It is only proper and fitting to look upon his death as a criminal act. The ultimate decision as to the fate of the one who took his life rests with a judge and jury.

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20GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 3 years ago

My intention is NOT to make it a civil rights movement. The quote is one that I admired for many, many years and has always been close to my heart. I realize HIS death IS a criminal act and the perpetrator will pay for the monstrosity!!!! HE MURDERED A CHILD IN COLD-BLOOD for Heaven’s sake!! Please keep the family in your prayers!!!

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21GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 3 years ago

I agree; my intention is NOT to make it a civil rights movement. The quote is one that I admired for many, many years and has always been close to my heart. I realize HIS death IS a criminal act and the perpetrator will pay for the monstrosity!!!! HE MURDERED A CHILD IN COLD-BLOOD for Heaven’s sake!! Please keep the family in your prayers!!!

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22kensgirl(840 comments)posted 3 years ago

Maxbarbie - what high school did YOU graduate from? Maybe Jethro Clampett had a higher education than you. Your sentence stucture tells a lot about you and your mentality. It says "I'm an idiot and don't deserve to live in a normal society either". A child was killed because of your pos brother. If everyone gets their way in Youngstown your "brother" will be the next one to go. Rest in peace dear Bryce. You are now with your Lord.

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