Sedro-Woolley, WA – William Sharples Jr. of Sedro-Woolley was sentenced to 20-year in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty in Skagit County Superior Court in March for solicitation to commit first-degree murder and first-degree child molestation.
After being arrested for suspicion of Child Molestation, 50-year old Sharples Jr. attempted to have a fellow inmate at the Skagit County Jail kill the child victim and his mother-in-law. He believed that if the child victim was no longer around his Child Molestation charges would be dropped and he would be freed from jail.
The fellow inmate reported to Skagit County Jail staff that Mr. Sharples Jr. was looking for someone to kill his child victim in May of 2016.
On May 11th, 2016, the Skagit County Prosecutors Office contacted the Mount Vernon Police Department about the incident. Over the next several days, Mount Vernon Police Investigators obtained recorded conversations, written documents and conducted several interviews with witnesses and the suspect.
Ultimately Officers obtained a recorded conversation between Mr. Sharples Jr and the other inmate, who was cooperating with investigators. Mr. Sharples Jr. detailed how he wanted the child victim murdered as well as his mother-in-law. He also advised the fellow inmate on ways to get rid of the bodies and offered to sign over three vehicles valued at around $10,000 in exchange for the fellow inmate to kill the victim and his mother-in law.
Mr. Sharples Jr. developed code words to use if the plans changed after the fellow inmate was released and they needed to talk by phone. Mr. Sharples Jr. had several opportunities over the following days to cancel the plans, warn the intended victims, advise authorities, or notify the fellow inmate it was not a serious request, but he never did.
On May 17th, 2016, after another interview with Mr. Sharples Jr., investigators charged him criminally with solicitation to commit murder.