Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, 39, is currently charged with sexually assaulting women in four different states, according to Brian Melley and Jacques Billeaud of The Associated Press. He entered plea agreements in two of those cases, pleading guilty to sexual assault in Arizona while pleading no contest to raping two women in California, per the AP.
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Sharper Arraignment Postponed
Tuesday, April 7
Ken Daley of The Times-Picayune reported that Sharper's arraignment has been postponed to June 15.
Sharper Pleads Guilty in Las Vegas Sexual Assault Case
Tuesday, March 24
Ken Ritter of the Associated Press provided details on Sharper's guilty plea entered Tuesday in Las Vegas:
Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to reduced felony attempted sex assault as part of a four-state plea deal that'll put him to federal prison for about nine years.
Sharper appeared Tuesday by Internet hookup from a courtroom in Los Angeles before a Clark County District Court judge who accepted his plea and scheduled sentencing June 25.
Sharper to Enter 'Global Plea Deal'
Monday, March 23
Sharper is expected to enter a guilty plea in the New Orleans case in the next month.
His pleas are part of a "global plea deal," per John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate.
The Maricopa County Superior Court first announced the terms of Sharper's Arizona plea deal:
Simerman reported on the case in New Orleans, saying Sharper will receive a 20-year prison sentence in the charges against him but is "expected to serve only 9 years of that term behind bars, in accordance with the multi-state deal, according to terms announced Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom."
He added the following details regarding the New Orleans sentence:
The sentence is part of a package deal Sharper reached in the four states where he was charged with drugging and raping women: Louisiana, California, Nevada and Arizona. Among his pleas in three states on Monday, Sharper pleaded no contest to sex assault charges in Los Angeles, agreeing to a 20-year sentence for which he could serve as little as half, minus the year he already has spent in a Los Angeles County jail.
Simerman explained that the sentence stemming from Louisiana would ultimately trump the others:
Sharper on Monday agreed to serve an 8-year sentence in a Nevada case and a 9-year sentence in an Arizona case. He is being allowed to serve the sentences concurrently — at the same time — rather than consecutively. That means the longest sentence is the one that matters the most, and that appears to be the Louisiana term.
According to the source, Sharper will be allowed to serve his federal time first — a break of sorts for Sharper, as federal prison is generally considered preferable to state prison.
Sharper spent 14 years in the NFL as a safety, making the Pro Bowl five times. He was twice named an Associated Press All-NFL first-team selection and four times was a second-team choice. He also won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in February 2010.
After retiring, he worked for the NFL Network.