Jonathan Brawner, Mastermind of One Failed Kidnapping, Claims He Hid John Glasgow's Body

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 12:00 am  

The Conway County Sheriff’s Office 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.

With Brawner lined up as a witness against them, the Newkirks and Sharpe all subsequently made plea deals as well.

Tiffany Newkirk drew a 24-month sentence for theft of property, served eight months in the Community Corrections program in 2010 and was discharged from parole on July 31, 2011, exactly two years after the crime. Sharpe got a 36-month sentence and was confined from November 2010 to August 2013.

David Newkirk, who ran when the bullets started flying, went down hardest. He drew a 20-year sentence for attempted capital murder and attempted kidnapping. He’s in the Varner Unit and won’t be eligible for parole until 2020.

Where the Body’s Buried

The first time Frank Shaw interviewed his client to prepare his defense in the Daven kidnapping case, Jon Brawner mentioned in passing that he knew where a body was buried. But it didn’t have anything to do with the charges against him, so Shaw said he concentrated on the job at hand.

Shaw’s defense strategy resulted in Brawner being the first of the four co-defendants to get out of prison, but he wasn’t free for long. In October 2010, he was arrested and charged with stalking Renea, who had divorced him by then.

 

 

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