Fmr basketball star sentenced for armed robbery

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 12:12:17-04

Former Baltimore high school basketball star Jason Sharp will be sentenced for armed robbery and assault, the Baltimore State's Attorneys Office said.

Sharp is scheduled for sentencing on August 1. The SAO said he will be sentenced to 30 years suspend all but 10 years, with his first five years without parole. 

Police responded to a call on E. Lombard Street for a report of a shooting in late January 2015. Officers found a man lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to his neck. 

According to the SAO, the victim buzzed Sharp into his apartment. When the victim opened the door, Sharp and two other masked men forced their way into the apartment. Sharp hit the victim in the head with a handgun, knocking him to the ground, the SAO said.

The three men stole $14,000 and a gaming system from a bedroom, officials said. The victim told investigators that one of the robbers put a pillow over his head and that Sharp placed his knee on the pillow to keep him down. The victim was the shot in the neck. The suspects fled the apartment, leaving the victim on the floor. 

Another person was in the apartment at the time, officials said. The witness hid in a bedroom and witnessed Sharp and another masked man rummaging through the room and heard a single gunshot after he saw the two men leave the room. 

Officials said that the witness rushed to the victims aid when the men left.

"This case exemplifies how cooperating witnesses are a key component to solving crime and bringing criminals to justice,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a press release. “I am hopeful that the outcome of this case brings the victim and his family some comfort after such a brutal and life-threatening assault.”

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