Anchorage man sentenced to life for kidnapping, shooting 2 brothers
An Anchorage man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping and shooting two brothers.
Matthew James Scharber, 36, was sentenced in federal court by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to serve a term of life in prison, plus an additional 10 years on the firearms offense on Tuesday, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder.
In December 2017, Scharber pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping, carjacking, and possessing, brandishing, and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Court documents say on Oct. 27, 2016, Scharber lured the brothers to his Anchorage apartment. Once they made it inside, co-defendants Corey Sylva and Michael Elder came out from a back room and held them at gunpoint.
"The brothers were then bound with speaker wire and handcuffs before being assaulted by the three men with fists, feet, and a large wooden pole," court documents said.
The victims were also robbed of personal items including their 2005 Subaru Legacy.
Scharber spray painted the vehicle black, blindfolded the unconscious brothers and loaded them into the car and took off towards the Valley.
"Scharber then drove the brothers to Hatcher’s Pass where he made them exit the vehicle, before shooting them multiple times while they had their hands bound," according to court documents.
Several hours later, a passerby found them and called police. A LifeMed helicopter responded and sent the brothers to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. One was shot in the upper arm, thigh and stomach. The other one was shot in the chest and elbow.
According to the investigation, the beating was a retaliation for the brothers stealing Sylva's wallet a week earlier. Officers found two firearms and a wooden rod at Scharber's apartment that was used during the assault and kidnapping.
Sylva was sentenced in May to serve 10 years in prison after previously pleading guilty to the carjacking offense. Elder also pleaded guilty to the carjacking offense, however, his sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12, 2018.
Scharber also faces additional charges for an alleged drug trafficking crimes dating back to August 2016, the months leading up to the kidnapping, carjacking, and shooting of the two individuals, authorities say. The trial for this case is scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018.
The investigation was conducted by the Alaska State Troopers, FBI and the Anchorage Police Department, with assistance from the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.
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