BREAKING NEWS: Death penalty sought for shooter of 8-year-old Youngstown boy

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has handed up an indictment against a 21-year-old city man that calls for the death penalty on a charge he indiscriminately shot into an occupied house killing an 8-year-old boy.

The grand jury today indicted Shawn R. Wilson, 21, on an aggravated murder charge with death-penalty specifications.

He is also facing two counts of improperly firing a gun into a home, one count of felonious assault with a gun specification, and tampering with evidence.

Wilson was also indicted on a lesser charge of murder that carries a 15-years-to-life sentence.

Bryce Linebaugh was killed in the early-morning hours of Aug. 20 as he slept in a bunk bed at his Maplewood Court home in Rockford Village on the city’s East Side.

Police recovered what is believed to be the murder weapon in a wooded area next to Wilson’s Browning Avenue residence shortly after the shooting.

City prosecutors, during Wilson’s initial arraignment, said Wilson told an individual with whom he had a disagreement that he would come back and shoot up a house. They contend Wilson did just that, leading to the death of Linebaugh.

Prosecutors also pointed to evidence that Wilson tried to hide the firearm, wiped down his car and washed his clothes in an attempt to cover his crime.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and

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