NEW ORLEANS (AP/WRIC) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.
Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday.
He had pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges arising from the allegations of drugging and raping women in federal court in New Orleans, and state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada.
Prosecutors suggested a 9-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but Milazzo rejected it as too lenient in June.
Sharper played high school football at Hermitage High School in Henrico County, where he starred as a linebacker. He graduated in 1993, before attending the College of William and Mary.
Sharper retired from the NFL in 2010 after 14 years and numerous pro-bowl appearances.