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Federal grand jury indicts 6 men on illegal gun charges in WV

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Six individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury on illegal firearm possession charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Sterlyn Avery Hewlett, 29 of Huntington, was found with a firearm in May 2012, authorities said.   He was previously convicted of distribution of a controlled substance.

Terry Tomblin, 42 of Mount Gay, was found with a firearm in December 2012, authorities said. Tomblin was previously convicted of possession of hydrocodone by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge.

Shaun Michael Linko, 25 of Parkersburg, was found with a firearm in September 2012, authorities said.   Linko was previously convicted of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance in Wood County, court documents show.

Cody Fuller, 26 of Charleston, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen firearms. Authorities said he had two stolen firearms in his possession in November 2012. He was previously convicted of carrying a concealed weapon without a state license or other lawful authorization in April 2007, according to court documents.

Robert Starcher, 29 of Spencer, W.Va., is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen firearms. Authorities said he had six firearms in January 2012. He was previously convicted in different counties for transferring stolen goods, grand larceny, obtaining property under false pretenses, and uttering, according to court documents.

Ernest Robert Ulbrich, 49,of Danville, was charged with being a person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective in possession of firearms. Authorities said he had four firearms in his possession in November 2011.

Hewlett, Tomblin, Fuller and Ulbrich face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Goodwin.

Linko and Starcher face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to Goodwin.

The investigations were handled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Parkersburg Police Department, and the Charleston Police Department.