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Darren Sharper pleads guilty to 3 rapes in New Orleans

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Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper admitted to raping three women in New Orleans in 2013. He pleaded guilty to one count of simple rape and two counts of forcible rape on Monday morning.

Monday was the final in a series of court pleas spanning four states. Sharper, 39, has pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges in California, Arizona and Nevada. He admitted to sexually assaulting nine women in four states.

His victims sat right behind him in court. Darren Sharper, however, showed little emotion.

After sharper entered a guilty plea, Judge Karen Herman read the memorandum of understanding. 

The judge agreed to a deal in which 20-years in prison will be served concurrently. Sharper will serve 101 months in a federal prison. At that time, he will be transferred to California where he will serve the rest of his sentence. Within 72 hours of his release from a California jail, he'll be required to report to Arizona where he will be placed on lifetime probation.

"There are a lot of jurisdictions that had a lot of different problems so I can understand why they'd do a global plea to get this done,” said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. “Even though they might have had a better case here, they did that for the greater good of everybody.”

Sharper pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible rape in connection with a September 2013 assault at his Warehouse District condo. Co-defendant Erik Nunez has been charged with two counts of aggravated rape in the same incident. Nunez has pleaded not guilty.

Sharper also pleaded guilty to a simple rape charge for an alleged incident at the Renaissance Hotel in August 2013. Former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi is a co-defendant in the case. Licciardi has pleaded not guilty to three counts of human trafficking, aggravated rape and aggravated battery.

On May 29, Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute alprazolam, diazepam and zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape. In court documents filed during the guilty pleas, Sharper admitted that he and others distributed controlled substances to unsuspecting women and then had sexual relations with them while they were incapacitated. He also admitted that he conspired with others in committing the offenses.

A judge has agreed to a plea deal, but has set Sharper's sentencing for August 21.

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