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Tue Nov 29, 2016, 10:39 PM

Super Bowl winner Darren Sharper jailed 20 years for rapes in four states

Source: Associated Press

Super Bowl winner Darren Sharper jailed 20 years for rapes in four states

Associated Press
Tuesday 29 November 2016 22.06 GMT

Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced on 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 champion 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. Sharper has appealed that harsher sentence.

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Sharper was working as an NFL network analyst when women in several cities began reporting how nights of partying with their girlfriends and Sharper ended with them waking up in his hotel room confused and discovering they had been sexually assaulted.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/29/darren-sharper-jailed-20-years-rape-four-states-nfl

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