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.