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Ex-Kent City Councilman Sharp faces March 19 court hearing

Former Kent City Councilman Ken Sharp is scheduled to return to King County Superior Court March 19 to face first-degree theft charges. His hearing was continued from Feb. 19. - STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter
Former Kent City Councilman Ken Sharp is scheduled to return to King County Superior Court March 19 to face first-degree theft charges. His hearing was continued from Feb. 19.
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Former Kent City Councilman Ken Sharp faces a March 19 court hearing on his first-degree theft charges.

Sharp had a King County Superior Court hearing Wednesday continued because of "more discovery recently provide," said defense attorney Mark Prothero. Discovery is the exchange of information between the prosecutor and defense about the witnesses and evidence they’ll present at trial.

Sharp resigned in January after just two weeks in office because of the pending theft charges. The council is expected to choose a replacement for Sharp at a Feb. 25 meeting.

The Kent businessman faces seven counts of first-degree theft for reportedly stealing $297,500 from his 93-year-old mother's bank account and putting the money into his account. If convicted as charged, Sharp faces a prison sentence of 22 to 29 months. Sharp pleaded not guilty to the charges Aug. 29.

King County prosecutors filed charges Aug. 15 against Sharp. Federal Way Police arrested him for investigation of theft on June 21. His mother lived in Federal Way at the time of the alleged theft.

Sharp, who owns Minuteman Press in Kent, defeated Bailey Stober in the November council race by 272 votes.

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