Darren Sharper's co-defendants sentenced on drugging, sexual assault charges

Sharper co-defendants sentenced in federal court
(Source: Fox 8 Photo)
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Darren Sharper's two co-defendants in the drugging and sexual assault of several women were sentenced in federal court Thursday morning.

Brandon Liccardi, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in the crime. Erik Nunez was sentenced to 10 years.

Observers in court said Liccardi appeared to be shaken during his appearance before federal court judge Jane Trishe Milazzo.

Addressing one of the victims in the case, Liccardi apologized in court.

"I made the terrible decision to leave you in the hands of a monster," Liccardi said. "I should not have left you with him but I did. This should not have happened to you and I am so very sorry. "

During the victim impact statement, one victim questioned Liccardi's contrition.

"My question is when exactly did you feel sorry?" she asked. "Was it the night I was drugged and raped and you did nothing to stop it?"

The co-defendants in the Darren Sharper rape case were sentenced in federal court Thursday morning.

Brandon Liccardi and Eric Nunez both cut a plea deal in Federal and State court on charges they drugged and raped women.

Federal Judge Jane Trishe Milazzo sentenced the two co-conspirators today after giving the case great thought, she said.

Liccardi, a former St. Bernard parish deputy, pleaded guilty to rape and sex trafficking. He was sentenced today to 17 years in prison.

Eric Nunez admitted last month to state and federal charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to a federal indictment, Liccardi and Nunez conspired with Darren Sharper to distribute drugs to women with the intent to commit rape.

Liccardi was accused of drugging seven women, including three of them with Sharper.

Everyone in the court remained calm throughout the sentencing.

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