Judge Throws Book at Darren Sharper

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Darren Sharper

Former NFL star and NFL Network studio host Darren Sharper was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles today.

This caps off multiple cases in which Sharper was accused of attacking women across the country according to latimes.com.

The plea deal—a global resolution—was used to help solve multiple cases in various states.

“I can only imagine myself lying there like a vegetable while he took advantage of my body without my permission,” a victim said in a courtroom in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday according the LA Times.” I have lost every bit of self-confidence I’ve ever had and am always in fear while alone. It doesn’t matter whether it’s day or night. I can see a guy and automatically in my head thinking, “What if this guy tries to rape me?”

Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor expounded upon the statements of victims.

“I dare say that I cannot speak more eloquently or passionately about the horrible misconduct of Mr. Sharper and the unfathomable effect he has had on the two alleged victims,” he said. “I think their individual statements speak volumes as to this disgraceful abuse of trust and the behavior of Mr. Sharper.”

Sharper, who is accused of drugging and raping nine women in Los Angeles, Nevada, Arizona and Louisiana, was arrested in 2014. In August, a judge in New Orleans sentenced Sharper to 18 years in prison, too. He will serve his sentence at the same time as his other sentences around the country, though.

Sharper made it to the Pro Bowl five times and won a Super Bowl in 2010 with the New Orleans Saints.

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