Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Darren Sharper Gets 20 Year Sentence for Los Angeles Rape Cases

ormer NFL safety Darren Sharper appears at Los Angeles Superior Court March 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
ormer NFL safety Darren Sharper appears at Los Angeles Superior Court March 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

*Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, capping a case in which the athlete was accused of attacking more than a dozen women across the country.

Sharper’s sentence was part of a plea deal he reached last year — a “global resolution” that his attorneys said helped resolve sexual assault cases filed against him in four states.

“I can only imagine myself lying there like a vegetable while he took advantage of my body without my permission,” one of the victims said in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday. “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 think, ‘What if this guy tries to rape me?’”

Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor noted the statements she and another victim gave as he sentenced Sharper.

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