Darren Sharper's sentencing for drug charges tied to rape delayed
In May, Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of conspiracy to distribute drugs (Xanax, Valium and Ambien) with the intent to commit rape. He had been scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 20.
The delay was requested by probation officer Marilyn Brasset so that she has more time to collect records for a pre-sentence report. Sharper has entered pleas to other sexual assault cases in California, Arizona and Nevada, and Brasset said she has not received reports on those cases yet, according to The Times-Picayune.
Last month, Shaper pleaded guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting three women in New Orleans. The pleas are are supposed to be the final step in a “global plea deal,” in which Sharper agreed to resolve charges against him in four states related to sexual assault allegations made by at least nine women. He has already pleaded guilty to state charges in Nevada and Arizona and pleaded no-contest in California as part of the deal that would call for him to spend at least the next nine years in prison.
According to The Times-Picayune, the sentencing delay on the federal drug charges will delay his sentencing dates in his other cases as well. Sharper has currently only been sentenced in Nevada
The 39-year-old Sharper has been in jail since February 2014 after he was arrested in Los Angeles following the first rape allegations. He played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.