LUBBOCK, TX - UPDATE: Nicholas Sharp was sentenced to 99 years Friday afternoon.
Nicholas Sharp was found guilty by a jury on Thursday evening.
Sharp is accused of breaking into a home in the 5500 block of 95th Street on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at approximately 3:15 a.m. Sharp and one other man, Michael Welch, were “getting high” on the night of the robbery and at some point needed more money according to Welch’s testimony.
The plan was to go to the house and steal money and property. It turned out the homeowner was there when Sharp entered the home.
Welch said he saw Sharp come running out of the home a short time later. Welch said he was “running from the home with his shirt wrapped around his face and a laptop.”
Welch testified that Sharp said, “The lady was home and he was bleeding from his arm. He [Sharp] said he demanded money and he noticed the bed was messed up. He said to get out of here, the cops are coming.”
The shirt was later burned according to Welch to get rid of evidence.
DPS forensics testified they took DNA from the scene and took DNA from Sharp. They concluded that Sharp could not be excluded.
In closing arguments prosecution said, "There are people that want to steal from you, there are people that want to steal from your house, and there's some people that want to steal from you while you are in your home. It's a serious crime."
The jury deliberated for a short time and came back with a guilty as charged with aggravated robbery.
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