Former D.A. Intern Pleads Guilty In Laurean Document Theft

A former district attorney intern who authorities say tried to sell documents in the Cesar Laurean case has pleaded guilty.

Robert Sharpe was a volunteer intern back in 2008. He was accused of trying to sell copies of case documents to an undercover deputy who was posing as a reporter.

Today in court the man pleaded guilty to an obstruction of justice count. Judge Charles Henry gave Sharpe a 45 day suspended sentence and he was placed on 12 months probation. Sharpe was also ordered to pay a $200 fine and court costs.

A prosecutor from Wilmington handled the case.

In 2008 Sharpe told WITN News that he was a confidential source for the Jacksonville Daily News. Deputies began investigating leaks in the high profile case after certain information appeared in a newspaper blog.

Laurean is serving a live sentence for the death of Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, whose body was found burned and buried in the back yard of his Onslow County home.

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