Manhunt for Brookins Widens

WHEELING – It’s been about a month since city police began their manhunt for Shawn Brookins, and they appear to be no closer to locating him.

The 28-year-old Dayton, Ohio man faces multiple charges in West Virginia. On Aug. 2, Brookins is alleged to have beaten two women at a Main Street home.

A police report charges that Brookins punched his 26-year-old girlfriend several times while she was holding her 1-year-old son.

He then is said to have struck the girlfriend’s 44-year-old relative.

Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimble on Friday said the department receives occasional tips concerning Brookins’ whereabouts, but to date, none has panned out.

Brookins criminal past includes a 15-year sentence in the West Virginia Penitentiary after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Ohio County Circuit Court.

He served less than four years of his time before being paroled.

On April 30, 2009, then-Ohio County Circuit Judge Arthur Recht sentenced Brookins to 15 years after he pleaded guilty in the March 2009 shooting death of another Dayton resident, Eric Clayton. Brookins admitted to shooting Clayton in the abdomen while the two were in South Wheeling.

After the shooting, Brookins dropped Clayton off at the Ohio Valley Medical Center, where he died.

West Virginia law provides that inmates incarcerated for a determinant sentence – in this case, 15 years – are eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of the sentence, or, for Brookins, three years, nine months.

The West Virginia Parole Board denied Brookins parole on Feb. 20, 2012, but granted it later that year, despite a recommendation by Recht in his sentencing report that Brookins serve the full 15 years.

Ohio County Probation Officer William Ball also had recommended in his pre-sentence investigation that Brookins serve the full sentence.

Ball’s report said, “The defendant has shown by his past and present behavior that there is a substantial risk that he will commit another violent crime if he is not incarcerated and incapacitated for as long as possible.”

On Feb. 20, Wheeling police charged Brookins with domestic battery, public intoxication and obstructing an officer. In that instance, police allege that Brookins was drunk when he struck a woman in the 800 block of Main Street and then resisted when officers attempted to take him into custody.

A local bonding company posted $10,250 to get Brookins out of the Northern Regional Jail at Moundsville.

Wheeling Police Lt. Phil Redford said many law enforcement agencies from Ohio and West Virginia have been put on notice to watch out for Brookins.

“We received a report that he had been seen in Elm Grove last week,” Redford said. “We also had reason to believe he may have been in Cincinnati.”

He said Brookins should be considered armed and dangerous and anybody sighting him should call law enforcement immediately.

ABC Bonding of Wheeling wants Brookins for violating a criminal bail agreement on the earlier charges. A bonding company spokesman said efforts to reach Brookins have been unsuccessful because all known telephone numbers for him and his family members in Dayton are out of service.

Also, court documents indicate Brookins has been summoned into Ohio County Magistrate Court for a Sept. 17 pre-trial conference. Magistrate Court officials mailed the summons to Brookins’ last known address in Dayton.