Ex-NFL star sen­tenced to 20 years in drug­ging rapes

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

For­mer NFL star Dar­ren Sharper was sen­tenced Tues­day a 20-year prison term, end­ing a tour of shame and pun­ish­ment in the court­house where he first ad­mit­ted drug­ging and rap­ing women in four states.

Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court Judge Michael Pas­tor de­nounced Sharper’s “hor­ri­ble con­duct” and “dis­grace­ful abuse of trust” dur­ing the hear­ing that con­cluded pros­e­cu­tions that un­masked the pop­u­lar for­mer all-pro safety and Su­per Bowl champ as a se­rial rapist. Un­der the terms of a plea deal ne­go­ti­ated with pros­e­cu­tors in four states, Sharper will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in about eight years be­cause Cal­i­for­nia law re­quires he serve half his sen­tence and he has al­ready been be­hind bars more than two years since his ar­rest.

But he will prob­a­bly serve more time if an ap­peals court up­holds an 18-year prison sen­tence handed down by a New Or­leans fed­eral judge who re­jected the deal as too le­nient.

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