Predator pleads guilty

Monday, October 6, 2008

A registered "sex predator" has pled guilty to his involvement in the abduction and rape of a Terre Haute woman in October 2007.

On Monday, Larry J. Sharps, along with his attorney Geoffrey Creason, appeared before Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers to accept a plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

As part of the deal, Sharps pled guilty to a class A felony charge of criminal deviate conduct, class B felony charge of rape and being a habitual offender while the state agreed to drop criminal confinement and sexual battery charges.

Sentencing was presented to Akers that Sharps could serve concurrent sentences, including 40 years for the first charge and 20 years for the second charge, with 5 years suspended from each sentence. Sharps could also serve 20 years consecutive with the other two sentences for the habitual offender charge and be placed on 5 years probation upon release from incarceration.

Akers also ordered the Clay County Probation Department and Steve Sutherland to complete a pre-sentence investigation into Sharps' case before his sentencing hearing at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 27.

On Oct. 18, 2007, Sharps allegedly abducted a woman from her Terre Haute residence while threatening her with a knife and then drove her to Brazil, where she was sexually assaulted at a residence on North Sherman Street.

Sharps also faces several felony charges in Vigo County. The Vigo County Prosecutor's Office charged Sharps with two class B felony charges, one each for burglary and criminal confinement with deadly weapon and a class C felony intimidation with deadly weapon charge. The habitual offender charge was also filed against Sharps in Vigo County.

Sharps, who was released from prison in February 2007, was on parole and registered as a lifetime "sex predator" for a previous conviction for criminal deviate conduct on the Indiana Sheriff's Association Sex and Violent Offender Registry in October 2007.


In the "Predator pleads guilty" story in Tuesday's edition of The Brazil Times, Larry J. Sharps has yet to appear before Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers for the plea agreement settlement. Although Sharps has apparently agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of criminal deviate conduct, rape and being a habitual offender, it will be Judge Akers decision to accept or deny the terms of that agreement at the sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 27.

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  • So didnt he have an accomplice that helped him abduct that girl? Why havent we heard anything about her? This man should rot in prison and should never have been let out in the first place. There is a special place in hell for him.

    -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 7:32 AM
  • Why does the public need to know anything about the victim? Hasn't she been through enough?

    -- Posted by bsmom on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 7:55 AM
  • Maybe I missed something here, but who said anything about anybody needing to know anything about the victim?

    -- Posted by BrazilBillie on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 11:50 AM
  • There was a comment on here earlier to that effect, it must have been removed.

    -- Posted by bsmom on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 12:59 PM
  • This filthy animal needs to be separated from humans for the rest of his life, which I hope is short. I hope his stay in prison is a living hell filled with torment and sorrow. I'm usually not this vindictive about things, but my God this beast has no right to breathe our air.

    -- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 6:54 PM
  • why did he get any of his time suspended? He should never be able to get out of jail.

    -- Posted by newtimes on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 6:55 PM
  • A 40 year sentence is not long enough for this man. It is my estimate that he will be back out on the street in 17 and 1/2 years or less and within 6 months from his release another girl will be victimized by this man. He was 23 in 1994 when he abducted my daughter. He was sentenced for 10 years in 1995 and served his time (5 years). Oh yes, he was given credit for the year that he spent in jail prior to being sentenced. When he was 29 he was arrested again in December 1999 for stalking a victim and threatening to rape and kill another girl. He was sentenced this time for 19 years in August 2000. Apparently he was released in early 2007. At the age of 36 he was arrested again in October 2007. This latest victim is very, very lucky to be alive. Let me see if my calculations are correct, he should be about 54 when he is arrested again. Hopefully, he will not murder his next victim. I have yet to figure out how our laws let this keep happening over and over again. It is my opinion that he is not fit to be released into society.

    -- Posted by Sharma on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 7:52 PM
  • How can it be that we harass and fine taxpayers and veterans for not wearing seatbelts while scum like this is allowed to attack our citizens over and over? I guess there is more money generated by seatbelt fines.

    And don't misunderstand me. I mean no disrespect to our LEO's who have to enforce the laws on the books. But our lawmakers who sell our freedoms to insurance company lobbyists while allowing these predators to attack us over and over are another matter. This guy should long ago have been sentenced to life or executed. Our societies priorities are an embarrassment.

    -- Posted by bowman on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 8:41 PM
  • Bowman, a large majority of lawmakers are attorneys. It's called job security.

    -- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 8:48 PM
  • Sharma- I hope your daughter has been able to have a good life despite what this animal did to her. You should contact the courts and protest any concurrent sentence, all these sentences should be served consecutively. I think, from reading the story, that the Judge may be able to give him a total of 55 years of which he will likely serve a little less than half.

    -- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 9:30 PM
  • I want to know why the judges and prosecutor are letting these people cut deals? should just put him in front a firing squad or maybe thats to easy to. i think they should have to suffer just like he made his victims suffer thats how i feel

    -- Posted by newtimes on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 6:19 PM
  • Maybe I'm missing something, but according to Sharma, this man has been convicted of three felonies, Indiana should develope a "three strikes law" as other states have, that would assure this man would have to spend life in prison since this will be his third felony. There is no excuse as to why this man would ever be let out on the streets again.

    -- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 8:25 AM
  • Sigh....I am just very disappointed over this unfit of a man getting a break over and over again. I realize that the laws are in place not only to protect the victims, but also for the suspects/criminals as well. I realize we can't just not try someone and put them in a cage and throw the key away forever. But the fact is that this criminal-this rapist, a stalker, an attempted murderer would-have-been is getting away with it again. Since he has served a year for this last one while waiting for trial and now awaiting sentencing since this happened Oct 2007, he will most likely see prison for 15 years if not less, and then he will be out again and we are hopelessly so sorry for the next victim's family, because the next victim will most likely not make it or be as lucky. Those prior victims and family will helplessly have no control until he actually kills someone which will likely happen, but what can you do? ( I am a sister of the first victim, so yes I do have a personal interest in this man's future, because my family and I very much want to keep him from hurting the next victim and worse. We know what he is capable of.). What people do not realize is that everytime this man hurts his next victim, and gets arrested, which has always been less than a year when he gets out each time, is that it does affect my family and I too again. I know it has to affect the 2nd victim as well. And now the 3rd victim will have to suffer the helplessness when he does serve his time this time around and gets out---again. It's very frustrating because you know life is precious and it could be your daughter, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter the next time around and will be dealt a worse fate than the rest of us have. We do not want this to happen to someone else. We know the pain it causes to families as well as victims to have to deal with this when we know what it is all about. It's not pleasant. I am hoping that Vigo Co prosecutor Terry Modesitt will pick up from here and go ahead and press charges on him that occurred in Vigo County and if so, and tried and convicted, that would ensure that he would have more years to serve. At least it would keep him locked up longer. I personally think he cannot be rehabilitated. He had every thing good going on in his life at the time he committed this last deal. Obviously this man is a sick individual that cannot help hisself or even try to rehabilitate. I agree with one of the comments on here about the Three Strike Law. California has it and I think in this case, it definitely applies towards a good reason.

    I'll say it in advance to whoever the next victim's family will be....I'm so sorry. We tried.

    -- Posted by CricketWoman on Mon, Oct 13, 2008, at 6:13 PM
  • Its the Clay County Prosecutor Office they are scared to trial people and get them the sentence that they deserve. Because you know the Prosecutor is a political position and a plea is a guilty and a win for his bid for re-election. Hope we get somebody run against Reberger.

    -- Posted by BigCB20 on Mon, Oct 13, 2008, at 9:39 PM
  • BigCB20 ~

    You are always making snide little remarks about our law enforcement, prosecutor & judges ~ why don't you start paying attention ~ these folks are trying to do something GOOD in Clay County ~ why don't you try to be a part of the resolution instead of constantly dogging everyone??? I voted for Sheriff Heaton & Prosecutor Reberger the last time & my loyalty will remain with both for the next election ~ I hope they both run again ~

    -- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Oct 14, 2008, at 12:30 PM
  • I think everyone should know that when the sentencing with Clay county is complete and then a trial and conviction in Vigo, that Sharps will "serve" well over 30 years in prison.(probably closer to 40 years.) He should be in prison forever, but that is just not within the context of current Indiana Law. Everyone involved is there to ensure he does not see the light of day for a very very long time.

    -- Posted by out_and_about on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:54 PM
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