Darren Sharper To Serve 18 years For Drugging, Raping Up To 16 Women

August 18, 2016  |  

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Former NFL player Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison this morning after being accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.

According to AP, Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans and state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, and California to three counts of distributing drugs with rape as the aim. “He or his friend Brandon Licciardi, a former sheriff’s deputy in neighboring St. Bernard Parish, put anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives into women’s drinks so they could rape them, according to a 15-page statement signed as part of that plea,” AP reported.

Prosecutors suggested a nine-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but in June Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected it as too lenient, given it was 15 months short of the maximum. The charges involve nine victims; however Judge Milazzo noted in court there have have been as many as 16 women who were drugged and raped by the former New Orleans Saints player who was also given a fine of $20,000.

The 40 year old whose career ended in 2011 reportedly apologized “a thousand times” to the women he sexuality assaulted in court, saying he had “lived my life right for 38 years and then I took this path.”

Sentencing for Licciardi and a second New Orleans codefendant, Erik Nunez, is scheduled for October 13.

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