Darren Sharper was convicted of drugging and raping up to 16 women in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada, multiple outlets reported. He must also pay a $20,000 fine.
Former NFL star Darren Sharpermust serve a prison sentence of more than 18 years following his guilty pleas in a plot to drug women so as to make them easy to rape, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday.
According to our partners at The New Orleans Advocate, U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo handed down the punishment for Sharper, 41, six months after she rejected an earlier agreement that would have seen the former Saints safety serve nine years behind bars.
The higher sentence fell within the range of 15 to 19 years that a federal probation report recommended, based in part on the sheer number of victims — 16 — who came forward with charged and uncharged allegations against Sharper.
Sharper, shackled and wearing an orange prisoner’s jumpsuit, on Thursday said he apologized to his victims “1,000 times.”
“They didn’t deserve anything being a part of my heinous decisions,” he said sobbing. “I still don’t know why I lived my life right for 38 years, and then I took this path.”