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Michael A. Sharpe ( mug shotTCSO)

A forty six year-old man from Branson has been sentenced to seventeen years in prison for stabbing his stepfather multiple times in January of 2010.

Authorities say a short time after Michael A. Sharpe and his wife showed up at the home of Wendell Clare he attacked the elderly man with a pocket knife.  Sharpe sliced Clare in the face, arms and hands with the knife. 

Clare fired two shots from a gun to defend himself. One of those rounds went into the ceiling, the other lodged in Sharpe's foot which required surgery.

Just as his trial was set to begin last November Sharpe entered a guilty plea
Sharpe, who was sentenced as a prior and persistent offender, was sentenced on February 24th, to seventeen years for domestic assault and another seventeen year term for armed criminal action.  Those sentences will be served concurrently (at the same time.)