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David Sharpe gets 7 1/2 years in dismemberment case



Published: Thu, April 16, 2009 @ 1:00 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — David Sharpe, the 46-year-old Pyatt Street man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the drowning and dismemberment of 15-year-old Jimmie P. Higham, has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.

Sharpe said nothing during the hearing Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, while the boy’s father, James Higham and the boy’s mother, Yumi Nagi, told Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of the sadness they feel over the boy’s death in 2001.

“I would like to kiss him goodbye and thank him for coming into my life as my son,” Nagi said.

The boy’s father said he spent 19 months in an institution after his son’s death, trying to recover from the strain.


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