A Sedro-Woolley man who pleaded guilty to trying to solicit the murder of a child he molested was sentenced Wednesday in Skagit County Superior Court to 20 years in prison.
William Sharples Jr. pleaded guilty March 23 to solicitation to commit first-degree murder and first-degree child molestation.
The 51-year-old tried to arrange the killing in May 2016 through a fellow inmate in Skagit County Jail, where Sharples was being held on the molestation charge, documents state.
According to court documents, authorities were alerted by the fellow inmate, who told investigators he met Sharples in the jail’s infirmary.
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The inmate said Sharples reportedly asked if he would be willing to kill the victim in Sharples’ molestation case and another individual in exchange for the title to a truck Sharples told the inmate was worth at least $10,000.
Investigators felt the inmate’s report was credible because the inmate knew details of Sharples’ molestation case and about his personal history, documents state.
Recordings of conversations between the inmate and Sharples reportedly indicate the two discussed how the killing should be done and ways to get rid of the bodies.
When originally confronted by investigators about the recorded conversations, Sharples told them the plans were “hypothetical,” documents state.