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Six Indicted on Federal Firearm Possession Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Six people from the region were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Charleston on illegal firearm possession charges, according to information from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.

According to an indictment filed Tuesday, Sterlyn Avery Hewlett, 29, of Huntington, W.Va., allegedly possessed a firearm on May 17, 2012. At the time Hewlett allegedly possessed the firearm, he had been previously convicted in the United States District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia of distribution of a controlled substance.

According to a separate indictment filed Tuesday, Terry Tomblin, 42, of Mt. Gay, W.Va., allegedly possessed a firearm on Dec. 31, 2012. At the time Tomblin allegedly possessed the firearm, he had been convicted in the United States District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia of possession of hydrocodone by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge.

According to a separate indictment filed Tuesday, Shaun Michael Linko, 25, of Parkersburg, W.Va., allegedly possessed a firearm on Sept. 19, 2012, near Parkersburg, W.Va. Linko was previously convicted in March 2010 in the Circuit Court of Wood County, West Virginia of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.

According to a separate two-count indictment filed Tuesday, Cody Fuller, 26, of Charleston, W.Va., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen firearms. The two-count indictment alleges that on Nov. 27, 2012, Fuller possessed two stolen firearms near Charleston. Fuller was convicted in April 2007 in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia of carrying a concealed weapon without a state license or other lawful authorization.

According to a separate two-count indictment filed Tuesday, Robert Starcher, 29, of Spencer, W.Va., 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, W.Va. Starcher was previously convicted in September 2007 in the Circuit Court of Ritchie County, W.Va., of transferring stolen goods.

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

According to a separate indictment filed Tuesday, Ernest Robert Ulbrich, 49, of Danville, W.Va., was charged with being a person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective in possession of firearms. Ulbrich allegedly possessed four firearms on Nov. 6, 2011, near Danville in Boone County.

Hewlett, Tomblin, Fuller and Ulbrich face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Linko and Starcher face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


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