Darren Sharper finally apologized Thursday for the heinous crimes he was accused of committing against more than half a dozen women in four states, and a Louisiana federal judge sentenced the former NFL safety to 18 years in prison, the latest chapter in the legal saga of the one-time Super Bowl champion.
"I would like to apologize a thousand times," Sharper said Thursday before U. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo of the Eastern District of Louisiana, according to the Associated Press.
Last year, Sharper appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded no-contest to charges of raping two women in L. that he had allegedly knocked out with the powerful sleeping aid, Zolpidem, known by its brand name, Ambien.
Civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who represents two of Sharper's female victims, said in a statement that Sharper "deserved serious consequences" for his actions.
Darren Sharper could serve 20 years for multiple rapes "Darren Sharper is now a convicted rapist and sexual predator who used drugs in order to rape his victims.
But Judge Milazzo rejected Sharper's plea deal in February.
Darren Sharper pleads guilty to rape in Louisiana Sharper was in custody in California until he entered his plea last year, at which time he was transferred to Louisiana federal prison. Polite of the Eastern District of Louisiana said Sharper was sentenced "after having previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem, with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape." Sharper was also sentenced to three years of supervised release after his prison sentence and fined $20,000.
Sharper faced both state and federal charges in Louisiana.