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City man appeals life prison sentence

Published: Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


Shawn Wilson, 21, of Youngstown is appealing his conviction and life-prison sentence for fatally shooting a sleeping 8-year-old boy in the head with an assault rifle on the city’s East Side.

A lawyer for Wilson filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the 7th District Court of Appeals.

Wilson drew a life- prison sentence without parole from Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the 1:15 a.m. Aug. 20, 2012, death of Bryce Linebaugh in his Rockford Village apartment residence.

The appeal likely will allege that Judge Krichbaum improperly found Wilson competent to stand trial and that Wilson did not “knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily” enter his guilty plea, according to the notice filed by Atty. Edward J. Hartwig.

Wilson was sentenced immediately after he entered his Jan. 7 guilty plea to aggravated murder, improper discharge of a firearm, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

Wilson initially faced the death penalty, but prosecutors took it off the table in the plea deal that was reached a week before the scheduled beginning of the jury trial.

The defendant fatally shot Linebaugh after announcing his intention to shoot a female neighbor of the boy in the face, according to the prosecution’s bill of particulars.

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