Former National Football
League star Darren Sharper appears at the Clara Shortridge Foltz
Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California March 23, 2015.
Former NFL star Darren Sharper admitted in court on Monday to drugging
and raping women in California and Arizona and was expected to plead
guilty in similar Nevada and Louisiana cases in plea deals prosecutors
say will land him in prison for at least nine years.
Appearing in Los Angeles County
Superior Court, Sharper entered a plea of no-contest, the legal
equivalent of guilty, to two counts of rape by use of drugs and four
counts of furnishing a controlled substance, the prescription sleep
medication Zolpidem, sold under the brand name Ambien.
charges stem from two occasions in autumn 2013 and early 2014 in which
Sharper was accused of picking up two women from a nightclub, spiking
their drinks and assaulting one of the women in each case after bringing
them back to a hotel room.
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said the five-time Pro
Bowl National Football League safety was expected to be sentenced to 20
years in prison under the terms of his plea deal there.
in his eligibility for parole after serving half his term, and nearly a
year's credit for time spent in custody since his arrest, Sharper, 39,
would end up behind bars at least nine years before he could win
Formal sentencing on the
California charges was set for July 15. Prosecutors said all the prison
terms he received in various states would be served concurrently in a
where Sharper was accused of drugging three suburban Phoenix women and
raping two of them in November 2013, he pleaded guilty on Monday to one
count of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault. He
was immediately sentenced there to nine years in prison with no
eligibility for early release, according to prosecutors.
The Arizona plea was entered by teleconference from Los Angeles shortly before his court hearing there.
was due to appear in court by video conference again on Tuesday in Las
Vegas, where he has agreed to plead guilty to attempted sexual assault
of two women he was accused of drugging and raping in January 2014. A
prosecutor's spokeswoman said the Nevada plea deal called for him to
serve three to eight years.
who helped the New Orleans Saints win the 2010 Super Bowl, has also
been charged with sexually assaulting two women at his New Orleans
apartment in September 2013.
Bowman, assistant district attorney for Orleans Parish, said Sharper
had reached a plea deal with prosecutors to settle that case. But Bowman
was not at liberty to divulge the details.
played for the Saints, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings during a
standout 14-year NFL career that ended after the 2010 season. He worked
as an on-air analyst for the NFL Network until his arrest in Los