Predator pleads guilty
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.