Nunez agrees to plea in Darren Sharper drug and rape case

Nunez agrees to plea in Darren Sharper drug and rape case

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Erik Nunez, one of two men accused of conspiring to drug and rape women with former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper, entered a plea deal to drug distribution in federal court Monday morning.

Both Brandon Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s deputy, and Nunez, a former steakhouse waiter from Metairie faced several charges in the rape conspiracy that occurred between 2013 and 2014.

Jury selection for Licciardi started shortly after 9 a.m Monday.

Licciardi was charged with witness tampering, obstructing a federal grand jury, and conspiring to distribute illegal and prescription drugs with the intent to commit rape.

Nunez was charged with destroying evidence. Prosecutors say a cellphone that contained text messages from Sharper, and at least one of the two women they are accused of raping. Nunez was also charged with drug distribution which he now pleaded guilty to on Monday as part of the agreement.

Under the deal, which could be rejected by the judge, Nunez would receive 10 years in prison, and prosecutors would drop the other charges.

Both Nunez and Licciardi had pleaded not guilty, but Nunez's plea changed.

Sharper took a plea deal on charges he drugged and raped at least nine women in Louisiana, California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Licciardi's trial is expected to take two weeks.

Copyright 2016 WVUE. All rights reserved.