A look at the rape allegations against ex-NFL star Sharper

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Posted: Aug 25, 2016 5:34 PM

Former NFL star Darren Sharper is expected to spend at least the next 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty or no contest to charges that he drugged as many as 16 women with the intention of raping them.

The case against him was a complicated one: He faced federal charges along with separate charges in four different states. Each jurisdiction is sentencing him separately, though he is expected to serve all the sentences at the same time as part of a plea deal across all the jurisdictions.

Below is a look at the cases:

FEDERAL COURT

On Aug. 18, a federal judge in New Orleans sentenced Sharper to 18 years and four months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in May 2015 to charges that he drugged women so he could rape them.

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LOUISIANA

A state judge on Thursday sentenced Sharper to 20 years. He pleaded guilty in June 2015 to two counts of forcible rape, and one of simple rape. A defense attorney said that, with credit for time served and other factors weighed in, the sentence is essentially the same as the federal sentence.

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ARIZONA

Sharper pleaded guilty in March 2015 to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault. He was immediately sentenced to nine years — the sentence he was expected to get in other jurisdictions until a federal judge in New Orleans said the punishment was too light.

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CALIFORNIA

Sharper pleaded no contest in March 2015 to charges that he raped two women he drugged in 2013 and 2014. The plea meant Sharper did not admit guilt, but did acknowledge prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him in court. He awaits formal sentencing there and could get 20 years.

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NEVADA

Sharper pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault in Las Vegas in March 2015. He awaits formal sentencing for the crimes, which carry sentences of up to 20 years.