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Darren Sharper takes 20-year plea deal in Louisiana rape case

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper’s bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)


It’s been a busy Monday for former NFL safety and now-convicted serial rapist Darren Sharper, as the five-time Pro Bowler will spend the next two decades behind bars.

Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in Arizona on Monday morning and was sentenced to nine years in prison. He then pleaded no contest to drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles before agreeing to an eight-year prison term in Nevada. Sharper concluded his Monday by agreeing to a 20-year plea deal in New Orleans.

According to the deal, Sharper will serve a 20-year prison sentence for drugging and raping multiple women in Louisiana. It’s part of a global plea deal that will allow the 39-year-old to serve his nine-year sentence from Arizona and eight-year sentence from Nevada concurrently with his 20-year term from the state of Louisiana instead of serving a consecutive 37 years behind bars.

Sharper will serve his federal term first before moving to state prison, which is viewed as a break for Sharper. Most would agree he’s already getting a break by just having to serve 20 years. Sharper faced a maximum sentence of life in prison prior to agreeing to the plea deal.