NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The two Darren Sharper co-defendants who pleaded guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting women did not have anything to say before being sentenced in state court Thursday.
"It's all part of a larger plea agreement between the state and the government," says Herbert Larson.
Both Brandon Licciardi and Erik Nunez were sentenced last week in federal court, but faced sentencing in state court today. Their time will be served concurrently.
Nunez was sentenced to 10 years.
"He'd like to have closure himself. He'd like to have closure for the victims because he understands how difficult this has been for them, and he'd like to move on with his life," says Larson.
Licciardi, a former St. Bernard parish deputy, received a 17-year sentence.
"He is relieved in the sense of getting it over with because of the extreme pressure that was put on him," says Ralph Capitelli.
Licciardi and Nunez admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute drugs with the intent to commit rape. Licciardi pleaded guilty to one count of rape and three counts of human trafficking. Nunez admitted to two counts of sexual battery.
One of the victims took the stand in court.
She said, "I have gone from being one of the most independent people ever to someone who had to sleep with my mother for months, to waking up screaming in the middle of the night, to taking medications to prevent HIV that makes me sick to even brush my teeth. I am not the same person I used to be."
Licciardi and Nunez apologized in federal court, but chose not to speak today. Licciardi's attorney says his client is sorry.
"He's very remorseful. He was a young kid that idealized a football player. He unfortunately should have turned him in, but he didn't do it," says Capitelli.
Both defendants will serve their time in a federal prison.