Is This The Man Who Buried John Glasgow?

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 12:00 am  

Jon Brawner, shown in a photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction, masterminded the attempted kidnapping of his former employer and claims that he helped bury the body of missing construction executive John Glasgow.

Newkirk told Brawner that "everything went south," that he'd been hiding in the woods all day and that he needed a ride. Brawner said he was in Little Rock and couldn't help, and Newkirk warned Brawner that if he got caught he was going to tell the police what happened. Which, of course, he had already done.

Brawner called back and gave Newkirk another phone number to call. Sheriff Smith recorded as Newkirk called the number and talked to a woman named Michelle, who said she would pick him up at Menifee.

Just after 6 p.m., less than 11 hours after the attack on Jim Daven, a third suspect was picked up: 38-year-old Michelle Sharpe of Little Rock, with whom Brawner had been having an on-again, off-again affair that persisted through several years.

Sharpe told Smith new details about Brawner's plan to abduct his former employer and force him to make transactions. The money, she said, was supposed to be turned into bearer bonds that Brawner would cash at banks in the Cayman Islands or elsewhere in the Caribbean.

And Brawner had told her that "there was nothing like watching someone die."

Brawner had told several of his running buddies that he had already embezzled $7 million from Daven, but Daven told Arkansas Business that may have been what Brawner hoped to do.

"His intent was to kidnap me ... and he had in his head that I would liquidate 10 or 12 million dollars from client accounts," Daven said.

The Conway County Sheriff's Office quickly secured search warrants for the Chapman, Newkirk and Brawner homes in Vilonia. Jon Brawner was arrested while his home was being searched about 8 p.m. on the night of the attack on Jim Daven.

202 Days
The women, Michelle Sharpe and Tiffany Newkirk, were initially charged with aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit capital murder, and David Newkirk faced the same charges plus second-degree battery because he had actually attacked Jim Daven.

Brawner, who was not in the vicinity on the day of the crime, was charged only with aggravated robbery and conspiracy to kidnap.

All four initially pleaded not guilty, but in November 2009, Brawner and his Conway defense attorney, Frank Shaw, made a deal: He would plead guilty to robbery and agree to testify against the rest in exchange for a 20-year sentence, of which 10 was suspended.

He entered the Arkansas Department of Correction on Nov. 25, 2009, was transferred to a boot camp for nonviolent offenders on Feb. 19, 2010, and was paroled on June 14 of that year, having served 202 days.



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