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Former NFL star Darren Sharper sentenced to 18 years in prison for drugging, raping women

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Fourth Estate Staff

New Orleans, LA, United States (4E) – Former NFL star Darren Sharper was found guilty of drugging and raping a total of nine women in four states and now he faces 18 years in prison.

The sentencing was made on Thursday by a federal judge in New Orleans. He reportedly drugged and raped the women in Arizona, Los Angeles, Louisiana, and Nevada. 41-year-old Sharper recently pleaded guilty or no contest to drugging and sexually assaulting the nine women but a judge pointed out that there are actually a total of 16 victims.

Sharper was supposed to serve only nine years behind bars after he and his legal submitted a plea deal but the New Orleans judge rejected the deal. The judge said that the suggested nine-year sentence failed to reflect the seriousness of the assaults.

The judge, U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo , said in a statement, “We can never ignore the damage you inflicted on those women and society at large.” Aside from the 18-year prison sentence, Sharper was also fined with $20,000.

Sharper was first arrested in Los Angeles last January 17, 2014 on suspicion of sexual assault. After that, the women from the other states came forward alleging that Sharper attacked them. Accordingly, Sharper and another man place the drugs or sedatives into women’s drinks so they could rape them. Sharper said in a statement, “I would like to apologize a thousand times. I’m still trying to figure out why I made some of these choices.”

Milazzo was supposed to give Sharer 19 and a half years behind bars but as per the new plea deal, it was reduced to 18 years provided that he will cooperate with officials regarding the two accomplices namely Brandon Licciardi and Erik Nunez. The two have pleaded guilty to the charges made against them.

Sharper will be sentenced on August 25.

He ended his 14-year career as an NFL player in 2011 and was working as an NFL network analyst when allegations about him began surfacing.

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