Local man facing firearms charge

CHARLESTON – A Parkersburg man was one of six people indicted Tuesday on illegal firearm possession charges by a federal grand jury in Charleston, said U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

According to an indictment, Shaun Michael Linko, 25, of Parkersburg allegedly possessed a firearm on Sept. 19, 2012, near Parkersburg. Linko was previously convicted in March 2010 in Wood County Circuit Court of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored, federal officials said.

According to a separate two-count indictment, Robert Starcher, 29, of Spencer was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen firearms. The two-count indictment alleges that on Jan. 1, 2012, Starcher possessed six firearms near Walton, Roane County. Starcher was previously convicted in September 2007 in Ritchie County Circuit Court of transferring stolen goods.

Starcher was also previously convicted in January 2007 in Calhoun County Circuit Court of grand larceny. Additionally, Starcher was previously convicted in December 2006 in Gilmer County Circuit Court of obtaining property under false pretenses and in March 2006 in Braxton County Circuit Court of uttering.

Linko and Starcher face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, officials said.