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Darren Sharper Court Appearance

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Former NFL player Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of drugging and raping 16 women in four different states.

Prosecutors had initially given Sharper a plea deal that called for him to serve 9 years in prison, but the judge in the case decided to go harder on Sharper and sentenced him to 18 years with a $20,000 fine.

Sharper apologized to his victims before being sentenced and added that he “lived my life right for 38 years and then I took this path.”

According to a 15-page statement signed as part of the plea, Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of distributing drugs with rape as the aim. He or friend Brandon Licciardi, a former sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana, put anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives into women’s drinks in order to rape them.

Like Sharper, Licciardi and Nunez admitted to distributing drugs with the intent to commit rape. Their plea agreements say Licciardi has accepted a 17-year sentence, with 10 years for Nunez. Milazzo has scheduled sentencing Oct. 13 for them.

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