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Darren Sharper, Ex-NFL Star, Gets 18 Years for Drug Rapes

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By    |   Friday, 19 Aug 2016 07:56 AM

Darren Sharper, an ex-NFL football star, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for drug-related rapes of nine women by a federal judge on Thursday in New Orleans.

Sharper, 40, who starred with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, was a six-time All-Pro and played in two Super Bowls, ending his career in 2011, said The Associated Press.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite said Sharper previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem, with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing the substances with intent to commit rape.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune said the pleas were connected to victims in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Louisiana. Sharper still faces state sexual assault charges in those four states.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo said Sharper will serve three years under supervised release after his prison sentence and must pay a $20,000 fine.

"I would like to apologize a thousand times to (the victims)," Sharper told the judge before sentencing, saying he made "heinous decisions," said the Times-Picayune. "I'm still trying to figure out why I decided to make some of (those) choices."

One of Sharper's victims, though, scolded him in court.

"Never once did you think about the women or your family," the crying unidentified woman told Sharper, per the Times-Picayune. "It was all about one person – you. I'm not star struck, and I have zero sympathy for you."

The U.S. Attorney's office said Sharper's co-defendants, Brandon Licciardi and Erik Nunez, both pleaded guilty last month and will be sentenced on Oct. 13.

Milazzo earlier rejected a plea deal in which Sharper would have served nine years in prison. In the new deal, Sharper agreed to cooperate with cases against Licciardi and Nunez, said the Times-Picayune..

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