Former NFL star sentenced to 18-years in prison

By Trissean McDonald

Darren Sharper, a former #NFL athlete, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where Sharper was accused of drugging and raping approximately 16 women in four states.

Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Tuesday. Darren Sharper, from allegations of drugging and raping women in federal courts in New Orleans, state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California, and Nevada had pleaded guilty or no-contest to the charges arising from the allegations placed against him.

Prosecutors motioned a 9-year prison sentence for the NFL star, but Milazzo rejected it as extreme leniency in June. The sentence was 15 months lessen of the maximum. Sharper was additionally fined $20,000.

Darren Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of drug distribution with the intention to rape. A friend of Sharper, Brandon Licciardi, is also accused of assisting in putting anti-anxiety or sedative drugs into women’s drinks with the intent to rape the female victims, according to a 15-page statement signed as part of that plea.

Judge Milazzo has scheduled sentencing Oct. 13 for Licciardi and another New Orleans codefendant, Erik Nunez. The charges surrounding the country involves nine victims, but Milazzo has concluded in court that there may be as many as 16. Licciardi and Nunez, like Sharper, admitted to distributing drugs with the intent to commit rape. Their plea deal states that Licciadi has accepted a 17-years sentence, with 10-years for Nunez.

Source/ Photo Credit: AP


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