Darren Sharper likely to serve 15–20 years in prison for rape

Darren Sharper will likely serve 15–20 years in prison for rape.
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Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper will likely serve 15–20 years in prison for rape, reports NOLA.com’s Ken Daley.

The plea agreement, which was reached Tuesday in a New Orleans federal court, was accepted by Sharper before Judge Jane Triche Milazzo. He will be formally sentenced on June 16.

Sharper pleaded guilty in Louisiana state court last June to drugging and sexually assaulting three women. He pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible rape and one count of simple rape. Sharper also pleaded guilty to charges in Nevada and Arizona, and pleaded no contest in California.

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Sharper has been in jail since February 2014 after he was arrested in Los Angeles following rape allegations. He originally pleaded guilty and expected to be sentenced to nine years in jail for all offenses, which was rejected.

Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Vikings and Saints. He was a five-time Pro Bowl defender and two-time first-team All-Pro selection.