Former Mountlake Terrace High School student sentenced to prison for attempted robbery, assault

mltnewsFormer Mountlake Terrace High School student Darian Sharpe has been sentenced to prison for his role in a second degree assault and an attempted first degree robbery.

Sharpe received a sentence of two and a half years after pleading guilty to both crimes on Wednesday.

On Dec. 4, 2012, Sharpe and another suspect came up with a plan to rob a special education student at Mountlake Terrace High School. The victim was described as a good kid who would always loan money to his friends, which resulted in rumors that he carried a large amount of money with him, according to court documents.

While at the sink in the bathroom, the victim was hit violently in the back of the head by Sharpe. The victim was knocked unconscious and some of his teeth also were knocked out. The victim’s wallet was taken and surveillance video showed an exchange of property between Sharpe and the other suspect. A total of $9 was stolen from the victim with $2 going to Sharpe. Sharpe was expelled from Mountlake Terrace High School after his Dec. 4 arrest.

Sharpe later lied to police, claiming that the victim pulled a knife on him and that no physical confrontation occurred. The state said that the victim received not only physical injuries but that there has been a tremendous emotional toll on him as well. Though the victim was reluctantly willing to testify, the State became worried about the emotional damage that such an undertaking would have on him.

Another violent confrontation involving Sharpe took place on June 23, 2012. Sharpe and some friends used a woman to lure a man outside of his home and tried to force him into a car.

Sharpe raised a revolver and pointed it directly at the victim and instructed him to get into the car. The victim refused and he was jumped on by the other men on Sharpe’s orders. The victim was repeatedly assaulted by the men and Sharpe, who hit the victim in the head with the gun several times. During the assault, the victim was asked if he knew a woman and when he answered in the negative, the men stopped assaulting him.

This is a strike offense for purposes of the persistent offender statute, but since Sharpe entered a guilty plea for both crimes at the same time, he will have only one strike counted on his record.

In a letter to the court, Sharpe apologized for the trouble he caused and said that he regretted that events that took place. Sharpe wrote that “Not only have the victims suffered along with their loved ones, but so have I. My selfish acts have taken away my dreams to join the Marines Corps and serve my country, the opportunity to finish my diploma and graduate with my friends, enjoying prom and other activities that most teenagers enjoy by acting appropriately.”

Sharpe said that he impacted lives by bringing danger into the community and by making people feel less safe.

“I have never been one to condone violence or act the way I have in my past. The crimes that I have committed were made out of stupidity, anger, and simply not thinking. I was raised much better than I have presented with my actions,” Sharpe wrote.

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