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Repeat Offender Accused of Grand Theft Auto Pleads No Contest, Judge Offers Lenient Sentence for Accused’s Cooperation

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MODESTO, CA – Judge Carrie Stephens accepted John William Merritt Sharp’s no contest plea here in Stanislaus County Superior Court late last week, and meted out a lighter-than-normal sentence for Sharp’s theft of a 2011 Lexus SUV and alleged evasion of police officers while driving dangerously.

Sharp faced charges of felony grand theft auto and felony reckless evading, and told the judge, “I could be better ma’am.”

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