East Feliciana Parish DA decides not to seek death penalty, for now, against suspected serial killer

Ryan Sharpe (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Ryan Sharpe (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP/WAFB) - East Feliciana Parish District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla said in an email to WAFB that "as of today" he is not seeking the death penalty against the man suspected of killing two people and injuring a third there.

However, D'Aquilla said his current position in the prosecution of Ryan Sharpe, 36, of Clinton, "may change in the future."

A report from the Associated Press on Monday said he informed attorneys for Sharpe of his decision.

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Sharpe is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Brad DeFranceschi, 48, also of Clinton. DeFranceschi was a well-known member of the Boy Scout community.

Sharpe is also charged in East Feliciana Parish with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Tommy Bass and attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Buck Hornsby.

He is charged in East Baton Rouge Parish with second-degree murder in the shooting death of former BREC commissioner Carroll Breeden, who was killed outside his home in Pride in September.

Sharpe has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

His next scheduled court appearance is a motion hearing in East Baton Rouge Parish on April 16.

Copyright 2018 WAFB. All rights reserved. Michael Kunzelman with The Associated Press contributed to this report.