Update, 1:50 p.m. Monday: Darren Sharper takes 20-year plea deal in Louisiana rapes
Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison, according to the Associated Press.
Earlier Monday, TMZ reported Sharper will serve a maximum of eight years in Nevada jail for allegedly sexually assaulting two women in Las Vegas in January 2014
Sharper will enter a plea Monday in two jurisdictions, including California, in response to sexual assault allegations pending there as well as in New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Phoenix area.
TMZ reported Sharper's his plea deal allows him to serve his sentences concurrently. So he'll essentially serve the longest sentence among the Nevada, Arizona, California and Louisiana cases -- not the sum of those cases' sentences.
Sharper struck a “global” plea deal to resolve pending charges in all four states where he has been indicted, as well as a related federal drug case based in New Orleans, authorities said Friday.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro issued a statement Friday afternoon confirming the deal and saying he expects Sharper, 39, to be brought to Louisiana within a month to plead to the charges he faces here — both state and federal.
U.S. Attorney Ken Polite’s office said Sharper is still slated to be in federal court in New Orleans on April 6 for his first appearance to answer to a six-count indictment that also names Brandon Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputy, in a conspiracy to drug women to prime them for rape.
The announcement of a plea deal this past Friday came shortly after the filing of rape charges against Sharper in Las Vegas on Friday. He is accused of drugging and raping two unconscious tourists at a hotel there. Police there say Sharper went club-hopping with the women in January 2014 and took them to his hotel room, where he drugged them and then raped them after they lost consciousness.
Sharper has been jailed in Los Angeles since his arrest on Jan. 17, 2014.
In all four states where Sharper faces charges, he has been accused of drugging women and then raping them, sometimes in conjunction with alleged accomplices. Sharper had a prescription for Ambien, according to public court documents.
In New Orleans, federal authorities have charged Sharper and Licciardi with distributing drugs sold under the brand names Ambien, Xanax and Valium with the intent to commit rape during a four-year period ending in 2014.
The state charges in New Orleans, contained in a December indictment, accuse Sharper, Licciardi and a third man, Erik Nunez, 27, each of aggravated rape, among other allegations involving several female victims. Aggravated rape carries a mandatory life prison sentence in Louisiana.
Licciardi and Nunez have pleaded not guilty.
Sharper retired from the NFL in 2010. He was fired from his job as an analyst for the NFL Network when the rape allegations surfaced.
Licciardi, 30, resigned from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 12 after both state and federal indictments related to the case against him and Sharper were returned in New Orleans. He is being held without bail in St. Charles Parish on the federal indictment, which also charges him with twice trying to dissuade a female witness from revealing information about him to a grand jury.
Information from the Associated Press and Advocate staff writers was used in this report.