Ex-NFL Star Darren Sharper Gets 18 Years for Rapes

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Darren Sharper, the former New Orleans Saints player convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting nine women, will go to federal prison for 18 years, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I would like to apologize a thousand times to (the victims),” Sharper told U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo. He said he understood his words might ring “hollow” to those he hurt. Sharper said he made “heinous decisions,” adding, “I’m still trying to figure out why I decided to make some of (those) choices.”

One victim, crying as she read prepared remarks in the courtroom, wasn’t buying it. “Never once did you think about the women or your family. It was all about one person, you,” she said, addressing Sharper. “I’m not star struck, and I have zero sympathy for you.” Sharper, 40, has pleaded guilty or no contest to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted nine women in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Louisiana. He has state rape cases pending in all four states.


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