Breakthrough Web Design - 515-897-1144 - Web sites for businesses
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the Entire North Iowa Region

Founded October 1, 2010


Mason City kidnapper dies in prison



This news story was published on January 2, 2022.
Advertise on NIT Subscribe to NIT

CORALVILLE – A Mason City man, who along with another local sex offender, kidnapped and raped a woman at knifepoint has died in prison.

Kenneth Ray Sharp was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 6:55 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in a hospice room of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center where he had been housed due to chronic illness. Sharp was 54 years old at the time of his death.

Sharp had been serving a life sentence for the crime of first-degree kidnapping from Cerro Gordo County. His sentence began on December 21, 1995.

Sharp was involved in an incident that started in a bar parking lot in Mason City in August 1995. Along with local sex offender Mark Hoffman, Sharp ended up in the countryside with a female whom they assaulted at knifepoint, court records say. Sharp was convicted, following a jury trial that began on October 30, 1995, and ended on November 7, 1995, of kidnapping in the first degree. The conviction arose out of the alleged kidnapping, assault, and rape of a female victim by Sharp and his co-defendant, Mark Hoffman. Sharp appealed his conviction, contending the trial court erred in failing to suppress evidence seized during the execution of a search warrant and there was insufficient corroboration of an accomplice’s testimony.  He also argued his attorney Richard Tompkins had rendered ineffective assistance in seven specified ways. He lost his appeal.

SHARP, KENNETH RAY

Need help with your website?
Call your local professional,
Breakthrough Web Design:
515-897-1144
or go to
BreakthoughWebDesign.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 characters available

15 Responses to Mason City kidnapper dies in prison

  1. People Envy The Early Riser Reply Report comment

    January 7, 2022 at 11:52 am

    How many times do we need to see Kim Kardashians big ass in a swim suit

  2. Mason City Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    There is only 38 days between these kidnappings from June 27 to August 4 same town both in parking lots and similar age and looks of victims. there is a connection. These crimes would have continued on but these two were locked up. One fore life and one for only a few years

    • Jim Reply Report comment

      January 4, 2022 at 12:22 am

      Were they warming up for their special gal or reliving what they did to Jodi?

      Special gal wouldn’t be the first taken and she wouldn’t be the last.

      They would hide how special she is.

      I mean, I would. Wouldn’t you?

  3. Mason City Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    One of the men that kidnapped and raped this girl lives right across the street from Lincoln school in Mason City Iowa.

  4. Mason City Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Who is this powerful person you speak of?

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 10:29 am

    NEXT!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 9:45 am

    This guy lived way to long!

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Jodi was a victim of a powerful person in MC – had help at highest level – lets not be thrown off the real cause.

  8. Mason City Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Jodi was taken from a parking lot on the 27 of June 1995 in mason city iowa. And these two thugs were caught for taking a girl from a parking lot in mason city iowa in August of 1995 and you doubt there is a connection

  9. Mason city Reply Report comment

    January 3, 2022 at 4:24 am

    There is very few people that are horrible enough to commit a crime like this what makes you think that there is no connection?

  10. Mason city Reply Report comment

    January 2, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    There are eerie similarities. Same town in the same time period and both in parking lots.

  11. Mc Reply Report comment

    January 2, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Jodi disappeared three months previous to this girls kidnapping maybe there’s a connection.

  12. Mason City Reply Report comment

    January 2, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Jodi huisentruit disappeared three months previous to this girls kidnapping maybe there’s a connection.

    • Jim Reply Report comment

      January 2, 2022 at 7:04 pm

      I doubt there is a connection.

      • Jim Reply Report comment

        January 4, 2022 at 12:20 am

        Jodi didn’t just disappear into thin air somewhere between her apartment and the parking lot.

        It was orchestrated. It was planned and probably rehearsed.