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Sharper likely to serve 15 to 20 years under new deal

Darren Sharper (FOX 8 Photo/FILE) Darren Sharper (FOX 8 Photo/FILE)

Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit Tuesday, Darren Sharper repeatedly told federal Judge Jane Triche Milazzo that he understands the crimes against him and wants to move forward with a new plea deal.

“He really didn’t have much choice about it because everything he had admitted to in this plea could be used against him in a trial,” FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti said.

The new deal could spell more jail time for the former Saints player who has admitted to drugging and rapping women in California, Arizona, Nevada and New Orleans. Sharper’s original global plea deal included a nine-year federal prison sentence, but Jude Milazzo rejected it last month.

“The judge gets information about what this person is charged with, and it’s called relevant misconduct. She learned that there was up to 16 women accusing him of possibly doing things, which was above and beyond what was originally believed,” Raspanti said.

Sharper has only admitted to charges involving nine of those women. The report also recommended Sharper serve between 188 and 235 months, or 15 to 20 years.

After going back to the drawing board, prosecutors, Sharper and now Milazzo have agreed on the new deal.

“It’s more of a regular standard plea where, hey Judge, here’s where we are. We’re entering the plea. Here’s where his guideline range lands, between 15 and 20 years. So I’m going to suspect that he’s going to land somewhere there,” Raspanti said.

The judge will be able to sentence Sharper at her own discretion.

Sharper has also agreed to fully cooperate with the feds against his co-defendants, Brandon Liccardi and Eric Nunez. Sharper’s cooperation with the feds could mean a lesser sentence in the future.

“It’s getting green stamps for cooperating. That means testifying against people in court or giving information against other people that leads to their arrest or conviction,” Raspanti said.

Meanwhile, Sharper still faces sentencing in state court for rape and drug charges. Criminal Court Judge Karen Herman has repeatedly continued his sentencing.

“Whoever goes last, will get the final say as to whether he serves his time currently, or consecutively. I think this federal plea is going to impact the state plea one way or another,” Raspanti said.

Sharper’s sentencing in Federal Court is set for June 16.

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