Whoa. Former NFL star Darren Sharper is headed to prison for 18 years for raping 16 women across four different states, a judge decided on Aug. 18. Get the intense details right here.
Darren‘s punishment had seemingly already been determined in a plea deal with prosecutors, landing him in jail for 9 years. But a federal judge in Louisiana felt that wasn’t enough time for Darren, 40, to serve after committing such a terrible crime, and on Aug. 17 Judge Jane Triche Milazzo ruled that the sentence should be doubled to 18 years. Yikes!
Despite the larger number of years, Darren is only expected to serve 85 percent of the sentence, sources told TMZ. But that still means the former New Orleans Saints safety will be spending the next 13 to 14 years in prison!
Darren’s punishment comes after he pled guilty to sneaking drugs into victim’s drinks to knock them out, then having sex with the women while they were unconscious. Because he was accused of rape in four different states, Darren had to appear in the state courts in Louisiana, Nevada, California, and Arizona, along with the federal court in New Orleans. Although Judge Milazzo believes there could be as many was 16 victims, Darren pled guilty to three counts of distributing drugs with rape as the aim.
During his Aug. 17 court appearance, Darren said he apologized to the victims “1,000 times,” according to the New Orleans Advocate. Wearing an orange prisoner’s jumpsuit, he said sobbing, “They didn’t deserve anything being a part of my heinous decisions.”
Before retiring from the NFL in 2011, Darren was a star player for 14 years, being selected to the Pro Bowl five times and played in two Super Bowls (including the Saints’ 2010 win). He had been working as an NFL network analyst when women began coming forward with drugging and rape allegations.
Along with Darren, his friend Brandon Licciardi, a former sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish, was also involved in the rape incidents. He’s scheduled for a sentencing on Oct. 13 along with codefendant his and Darren’s friend Erik Nunez.
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