News

Ex-Kent City Councilman Sharp faces May 28 court date for theft charges

Ken Sharp, a former Kent City Councilman, is scheduled to return to court May 27 to face first-degree theft charges. - Kent Reporter, file photo
Ken Sharp, a former Kent City Councilman, is scheduled to return to court May 27 to face first-degree theft charges.
— image credit: Kent Reporter, file photo

Former Kent City Councilman Ken Sharp faces a King County Superior Court hearing May 27 for first-degree theft charges.

Sharp had a May 7 hearing rescheduled to May 27, according to defense attorney Greg Girard. Once both sides are ready to go to trial, a judge can set a trial date.

Sharp 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 in August.

Sharp resigned in January after only two weeks in office because of the pending theft charges. He narrowly defeated Bailey Stober in the November election despite reports of the theft charges.

King County prosecutors filed charges in August against Sharp, who owns Minuteman Press in Kent. Federal Way Police arrested him in June for investigation of theft. His mother lived in Federal Way at the time of the alleged theft.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Aug 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.