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

Published: Thu, August 30, 2012 @ 3:00 p.m.

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.

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1southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The death penalty is too good for Wilson...he needs to suffer the rest of his life behind bars.

The prisoners do not like child murderers and will "take good care" of him.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I hope the rest of his pitiful life is pure he@#!

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3NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

They'll make some plea bargain so he gets to live out a long life at the taxpayers' expense.

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4DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

If the Mahoning County prosecutor's office can't get the death penalty on this idiot we need new prosecutors.

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5USMC0331(152 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

If anyone would have witnessed that scene, they would know that there can be no justice in this case. The mere fact that the mother saw her son like that just solidifies that there can be no real justice. Death would be the only thing remotely close to it. And that's still a very far distance away.

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6taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

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

Really?? reading this just makes my stomach turn. I will never understand our system if they can consider murder a lesser charge to anything else. On top of that the murderer has a chance to get out of prison!

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7hollywood(94 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

vengence is mine saith the lord. every1 is saying kill him. aint that the same circle of hate and violence? i keep reading sanctity of human life. where is all of yours? this was a very very terrible crime. as much as you all want him dead, you have the potential to be a murderer also. 92 years is what mr.jones has to pay for his crime, i think thats worse than death. and im a taxpayer also, if my tax money didnt go to prisoners, it would go somewhere else i dont see.

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