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Court hearing pushed to June 3 for ex-Kent City Councilman Sharp

Ken Sharp, a former Kent City Councilman, had his court hearing on theft charges continued to June 3. - STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter
Ken Sharp, a former Kent City Councilman, had his court hearing on theft charges continued to June 3.
— image credit: STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

A King County Superior Court hearing date for ex-Kent City Councilman Ken Sharp was rescheduled for June 3.

Sharp, who faces first-degree theft charges, had a May 27 date rescheduled, according to defense attorney Greg Girard. Attorneys from either side can ask for a court date to be continued for more time to prepare the case or scheduling conflicts. Once both sides are ready, a judge can set a trial date. Sharp's case has been continued numerous times.

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.

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