Seligman man gets 15 years for murder

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sharp sentenced after pleading guilty to charges

A Seligman man, who in October 2015 pleaded guilty to murder, was sentenced recently to 15 years in prison.

Brian Sharp, 33, of Seligman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, driving with a revoked or suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to 15 years on the murder charge and four years for each of the other two charges. All sentences will be served concurrently, and Sharp has been credited for time served, which totals nearly a year and five months.

Sharp's plea came at a pre-trial conference on Oct. 20, 2015, canceling the forthcoming jury trial, which had been originally scheduled for Sept. 16, 2015, but was later moved to Nov. 4-6, 2015.

Charges against Sharp were filed by former Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox, who said he filed the murder charge because the death occurred during the act of a felony, as Sharp's license was revoked at the time of the wreck that killed a passenger, 48-year-old Kenneth Patterson, of Seligman.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sharp was driving a 1979 Chevrolet Corvette on Highway 90, two miles west of Washburn, when the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.

The passenger in the vehicle, Patterson, was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Deputy Coroner Charles McManus.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Kenneth Sanders, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sharp was not with the vehicle when law enforcement arrived at the wreck.

The statement alleges there were cold beer cans scattered around the Corvette, and a witness informed Sanders a man fled the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Upon checking the registration of the vehicle, Sanders found it belonged to June Sharp, of Seligman.

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