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Area man sentenced to 50 years

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A convicted sexual predator admitted his alleged involvement in the fall of 2007 kidnapping and rape of a Terre Haute woman in Vigo County Superior Court Division 6 Tuesday.

Appearing before Judge Michael Lewis, Larry J. Sharps, 38, Brazil, pled guilty to class B felony burglary, class B felony criminal confinement, class C felony intimidation while also admitting to the enhancement charge of Habitual Offender filed against him for his involvement in the October 2007 abduction and rape of an unidentified Terre Haute woman.

According to documents in the case, on Oct. 28, 2007, Sharps allegedly used a knife to threaten and abduct a woman from her home in Vigo County and drove her to Brazil, where she was tied up and sexually assaulted repeatedly at a North Sherman Street residence.

Released from prison in February 2007, Sharps 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 at the time.

Lewis sentenced Sharps to 20 years for the first two charges and an additional 30 years due to the Habitual Offender enhancement and eight years for the third charge with 12 years added because of the enhancement.

All sentences are to run concurrent (including the 55 years Sharps was sentenced to in a 2008 conviction of confinement and sexual assault of the victim in Clay County) at the Indiana Department of Correction, with Sharps potentially serving 50 years.

Credit was allowed for the 763 days Sharps previously served while incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center.

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Pathetic that this guy was on PAROLE already and did it again. Pray for his victims, that maybe they somehow get beyond it. Larry, look out for "Bubba", karma is just around the corner.

-- Posted by reddevil on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 1:38 AM

anything short of a life sentence, or the death penalty is a travesty

-- Posted by otis66 on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 8:14 AM

I'm sure, you'll find some lovin in jail!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 8:20 AM

Well if he serves the 50,he will be 88 when released, but they way the courts and the justice system works now a days,I would say you should see him out of prison within ten years again.

Classic example the Duchard case in CA,

-- Posted by T-REX on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 11:19 AM

He isn't going to serve 50 years. He was already sentenced 55 yrs in Clay County. This sentence will be served concurrent with that one. So, with good behavior he could be out in 25 years or so. Even less when they count time already served.

-- Posted by JRS5963 on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 4:48 PM

This person is a predator, plain and simple. He should never see the light of day again.

-- Posted by JRS5963 on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 4:50 PM

We get to support him, with all the others serving long sentences...a rope will go a long way and cheaper...recycle. (at least give him one to play with in his cell, and rethink things, maybe he will see the light...nahh no light)

-- Posted by ADJ on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 4:53 PM

I think they should give her a gun & tie him to a tree let her target pracite. He should never see the light of day again

-- Posted by confused33 on Sat, Dec 12, 2009, at 11:14 AM

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