Former NFL Star Darren Sharper Sentenced To 18 Years in Prison
Former NFL safety and now convicted serial rapist Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four different states.
Back in March, Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and was sentenced to nine years in jail after admitting to sexually assaulting one woman and trying to attack another back in 2013. Later in Los Angeles, where he has been serving his jail sentence, Sharper pleaded no-contest to charges of drugging and raping two women and will be forced to serve half of a 20-year-sentence with credit for time served—which works out to about nine years.
“Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges arising from the allegations of drugging and raping women in federal court in New Orleans, and state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Prosecutors suggested a nine-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but Milazzo rejected it as too lenient in June. The sentence was 15 months short of the maximum. He was also fined $20,000.
Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court 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.
Charges around the country involve nine victims, but Milazzo has said in court that there may be as many as 16.
Like Sharper, Licciardi and Nunez admitted distributing drugs with the intent to commit rape. Their plea agreements say Licciardi has accepted a 17-year sentence, with 10 years for Nunez.”