Matthew Sharp of Melbourne Found Guilty of the First Degree Murder of Leah Yoresh in 2013
By Space Coast Daily // May 21, 2019
Yoresh was found murdered in her home on 1433 Albert Drive in Melbourne
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – A Brevard County jury on Monday found Matthew Sharp, 28, guilty of the First Degree Premeditated Murder of Leah Yoresh, 34, in January of 2013.
Sharp was also convicted of one count of Grand Theft Motor Vehicle and one count of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card, in connection with the death of Yoresh.
Yoresh was found murdered in her home on 1433 Albert Drive in Melbourne, Florida, on January 11, 2013.
Six days later on January 17, 2013, Melbourne Police pulled over Yoresh’s stolen car and found Sharp, along with two other persons inside.
Initially arrested for Grand Theft of the car, Melbourne police later established that Sharp had directed a witness to use Yoresh’s credit cards and matched the victim’s DNA to blood found on Sharp’s shoes.
A Grand Jury indicted Sharp for First Degree Murder on March 5, 2013.
After a two week trial, the jury began deliberations Monday afternoon and returned with a guilty verdict on all counts.
Judge Morgan Reinman sentenced Sharp to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first-degree murder conviction.
On the other counts, the Sharp was sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender, increasing the penalty to 10 years in prison on each count, to be served concurrently with his life sentence.
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