Gaston man convicted of 2011 drug-fueled murder

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 5, 2013 

Shawn Sharpe

— A Lexington County jury convicted a 22-year-old man Thursday of a 2011 drug-fueled murder and burglary in Gaston.

Shawn William Sharpe of Gaston was sentenced to 45 years in prison by Judge Thomas Russo for murder, first-degree burglary and armed robbery in the death of Leon Justice, 64, of Gaston. Justice was shot once in the head and died at his Victor Road residence on Sept. 21, 2011.

The weeklong trial included testimony by a co-defendant and other witnesses who said Sharpe targeted Justice and the residence in an attempt to steal money and crack cocaine, according to a press release from 11th Circuit Solicitor Donnie Myers. The jury deliberated for two hours before convicting Sharpe.

In the sentencing portion of the trial, Russo heard testimony that Sharpe had been released from prison just four months prior to the killing.

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