Prosecutors end hunt for fugitive after 17 years

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Dave Sharma is the one that got away.

More than 17 years after a fatal fire at a hotel he co-owned in Bowling Green, prosecutors are ending their efforts to find and prosecute Sharma in connection with the blaze and deaths of four people. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Ream has asked a judge to dismiss an arrest warrant for Sharma, saying a case can’t be proven after nearly two decades.

Sharma was co-owner of the Howard Johnson’s in Bowling Green in 1996, along with his brother-in-law, Shuresh Kumar of Nashville, Tenn. Kumar and a maintenance worker, Joe A. Logan, were convicted of conspiracy and arson resulting in a death and sentenced to life in federal prison.

Sharma fled the country in 1996, one day after giving a statement to investigators.