After pleading guilty, San Antonio man sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2020 murder

Judge tells convicted murderer he has the chance to turn his life around

A judge sentenced a man Wednesday to 40 years in prison for the shooting death of a man who prosecutors said was helping the defendant plan to kill someone else.

SAN ANTONIO – A man responsible for 2020′s first homicide in San Antonio will spend 40 years in prison.

Several days into his trial for the murder of Anthony Sanks, John Scharringhausen decided to plead guilty, accepting a 40-year prison sentence on Wednesday.

Police believe that Scharringhausen and Sanks knew each other and had plans to kill someone else before Scharringhausen turned on Sanks, shooting him 10 times on Jan. 7, 2020.

During the sentencing, 226th District Court Judge Velia Meza implored Scharringhausen to turn his life around when he finishes his prison sentence.

“I don’t see any gang members here in your support, I see your family who loves you,” Meza said. “They love you, it’s clear they love you. So you have love and support, you need to use it when you get out.”

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Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.