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Report: Former Saints safety Darren Sharper set to serve total of 20 years in prison


Unless you live under a rock, I’m willing to bet everybody is familiar with the controversy that has surrounded former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper since January of 2014, a day when criminal charges for sexual assault began to pour in on the five-time Pro Bowl defensive back.

The charges were filed in four different states — Arizona, California, Louisiana and Nevada — eventually leading to his termination as an analyst from NFL Network.

I won’t get into any explicit detail, as I’m sure most people are already accustomed to the stories.  But on Monday, Darren Sharper plead guilty to the charges in Arizona and was sentenced to nine years in prison by the Maricopa County Superior Court.  He then plead no contest in Los Angeles and will serve 20 years for drugging and raping women in New Orleans

He also agreed to an eight-year sentence on the Las Vegas charges.  Instead of serving 37 years, Sharper can simultaneously serve all three sentences to total the 20 years in jail ordered in Louisiana.

Darren Sharper, 39, spent 14 years in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and most recently in New Orleans, where he helped lead the Saints to a Super Bowl title with an All-Pro performance on defense.

Before all of the charges, Sharper was a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, totaling 942 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 63 interceptions (No. 7 all-time), 11 touchdowns and 101 passes defended.  However, that’s now out of the window after being found guilty.

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