NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "He's a young man who just met Sharper when he was 25 years old. My judgment is that he's not responsible for the actions that [Darren] Sharper is clearly ready to plead guilty to," said Ralph Capitelli, the attorney for former St. Bernard Parish Deputy Brandon Liccardi.
Capitelli said his client is innocent. Liccardi pleaded not guilty to witness tampering, impeding a federal investigation and drug distribution. Liccardi is also facing state charges of aggravated rape.
"It's most unusual for the federal government to charge both in federal and state. I've done this for 40 years, and I've never really heard of the government putting this kind of pressure on somebody like it's being done here," Capitelli said.
Sharper is also facing federal and state charges that he raped and drugged women, but with the expected global plea deal, the former Saints player will likely testify against Liccardi.
"It hasn't been given to us, although I've requested it. I do say this, if Darren Sharper tells the truth, Brandon Liccardi is in good shape," Capitelli said.
According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times Picayune, Sharper's jail time will depend on how completely he cooperates with prosecutors. To keep his prison time down to about 10 years, Sharper will face a series of requirements.
Some are a bit unusual.
He's expected to spend most of his jail time in a federal prison, and then a California state jail. Once released, he'll be on supervised parole for three to five years in California. He will not be allowed to consume alcohol, visit bars or nightclubs, possess pornography or come within 100 feet of an adult bookstore.
"That seems to be a very strict type of probation to limit him on so many levels and monitor him in so many different ways, so he's going to be living in a very small corral," FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti said.
According to NOLA.com | The Times Picayune, if Sharper is able to complete his California parole, he'll have 72 hours to report to Arizona, where he'll have to live the rest of his life on a strict probation.
In Arizona, he must also consent to a test that involves putting a sensory device on his private parts and shown graphic images.
The agreement will still have to be approved by two judges in Louisiana, both state and federal.
Meanwhile, Sharper's co-defendant, Brandon Liccardi awaits trial.
"He was a deputy for a number of years. He's got no prior record of any kind. Because of the actions of Federal Court, they've held him all these months without bond in isolation in a single cell. It's a very difficult situation that we're working through.
Liccardi's trail is set for Oct. 13.