Ex-NFL star gets 18 years for drugging, raping women

Saturday, 03 Sep, 2016

Darren Sharper, 40, who retired from the National Football League in 2011 after helping lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl championship, pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana to distributing controlled substances to unsuspecting women and then having sex with them while they were incapacitated.

Ex-New Orleans Saints safety turned serial rapist Darren Sharper, will spend the next 18 years of his life behind bars for his sick rape spree crimes against several women. He pleaded guilty or no contest to federal charges in New Orlean and state charges in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada.

Sharper played eight years with the Green Bay Packers.

The details of what happened in many of these cases is downright sickening, including drugging women and having drugged women sent to him for him to then rape or attempt to rape. Milazzo rejected the nine-year sentence in February. He will be moved to a federal facility outside of Louisiana to serve the remainder of his prison time, and Milazzo said Thursday she would recommend a prison closer to Sharper's family in Richmond, Virginia. He added, "I'm still trying to figure out why I made some of these choices", reports BBC News.

A sobbing Sharper apologized to his victims, saying, "They didn't deserve anything being a part of my heinous decisions". In his plea agreement, Sharper confessed that he and his friend Brandon Licciardi used sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs into victims' drinks.

Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. "How you arrived at this place i will never understand", she said. After giving a statement, she reportedly told Sharper, "Go to hell".

Prosecutors suggested a nine-year prison sentence for Sharper, however Judge Milazzo thought the sentencing was too lenient.

He pleaded guilty in federal court to drugging three women so he could rape them.

He ended a 14-year career in 2011.

An Oct. 13 date was scheduled for Licciardi and Erik Nunez, a second co-defendant.