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Plea Deal Accepted In Darren Sharper Case

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A federal judge Tuesday formally accepted Darren Sharper’s plea deal in a drug and rape case, making clear to the former NFL star that she could sentence him up to 20 years in prison Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo had earlier rejected a deal that could have meant a nine-year sentence. Attorneys say federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence in the range of roughly 15 to 20 years. Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that they could recommend a lighter sentence, based on Sharper’s cooperation in related cases.

In addition to his federal guilty plea, Sharper has pleaded guilty or no-contest in state courts to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in Arizona, California, and Louisiana. Darren has already been sentenced to 9 years in Arizona, but still awaits sentencing in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and both state and federal courts in New Orleans.

He ended a 14-year career in 2011. He was working as an NFL network analyst when women began telling police in several cities similar stories of blacking out while drinking with him and waking up groggy to find they had been sexually abused. He was later fired from the network when the accusations became legitimate. He will be sentenced June 16 for today’s plea deal.

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