Martinsburg man found guilty of first degree murder of his wife, faces life in prison

21 March 2024- Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti has announced today that on Thursday, March 21, 2024, a Berkeley County jury found SAMUEL LEE LINEBERG, 57, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, guilty of First Degree Murder for the November, 2022 death of his wife, Valerie.

This matter was investigated by the Cpl. T.W. Cook of the Martinsburg Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, with assistance provided by the Virginia State Police, who initially apprehended Lineberg.

After hearing evidence, the jury deliberated for approximately one and a half hours before returning a verdict of Guilty.

The jury then heard evidence and argument to determine whether to attach mercy to the Defendant’s life sentence. After a short deliberation, the jury returned a verdict that no mercy shall be attached to the Defendant’s life sentence. A formal Sentencing Hearing has been scheduled before the Honorable 23rd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Laura V. Faircloth to take place June 18, 2024 at 11:15 am.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Hassan Rasheed and Raymond Boyce prosecuted this matter on behalf of the State. Ms. Delligatti would also like to thank Cpl. Cook for his investigation, along with Victim/Witness Coordinator Summer Nails for her exemplary work throughout the duration of the case.

The Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office takes domestic violence very seriously. Almost 50% of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner. If you or a loved one are experiencing intimate partner violence, help is available at the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center – 304-263-8522.