A judge in Los Angeles has sentenced former NFL star Darren Sharper, 41, to 20 years in prison for raping two women and drugging two others about three years ago, but under terms that would total about half that time in custody.
The sentencing Tuesday marks the end of prosecutions in four states for the former all-pro safety who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints. It took place in the L.A. court where he first admitted drugging and raping women in several states.
When Sharper pleaded no contest to the rapes, he agreed to serve a sentence that would require about eight more years behind bars. But that term was superseded by a federal judge in Louisiana who rejected the plea deal negotiated in four states and sentenced him to 18 years in prison.
According to a prosecutors, Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, 2013, where he invited them to another party. He allegedly invited them up to his L.A. hotel room on the way, where he gave each woman a drink and they passed out. One of the women woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her, while the second woke up and "interrupted his actions," according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.
In a separate incident on Jan. 14, 2014, Sharper allegedly met two women at the same club, invited them to a party, and stopped on the way to invite them up to his room, according to prosecutors. He offered them drinks and they passed out, with one believing she'd been sexually assaulted after she awoke, according to a statement from the L.A. County DA's Office.
Sharper was also convicted of rapes or sexual assaults in Nevada and Arizona. He has been ordered to register for life as a sex offender, according to the statement from the L.A. County DA's Office.