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Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper set to face 20 years behind bars after accepting plea deal

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A former NFL star is facing up to 20 years behind bars for drugging and raping nine women.

The news report, which has been produced by Reuters, states that Pro-Bowl safety Darren Sharper is set to be sentenced later this year on charges of rape and sexual assault.

Sharper accepted a plea deal on Tuesday after a Louisiana judge last month rejected the initial nine-year prison sentence for being too lenient. Judge Milazzo said the new deal reflected the federal sentencing guidelines of a 15-to-20-year prison term for the crimes alleged.

The 40-year-old pleaded either guilty or no contest in 2015 to rape in four states; Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada, some of which occurred whilst he was an analyst for the NFL Network.

Sixteen women across the country claim Sharper has sexually assaulted them though not all resulted in formal charges.

It appears that the former NFL star wasn't the only person involved in committing crimes against women, with a further two individuals being charged by federal prosecutors who allegedly conspired with Sharper. Their trial dates have been set for May.

The agreed plea deal, however, requires Sharper to comply with a lifetime of parole and probation restrictions following his prison term.

Sharper had played in the NFL for 14 seasons, turning out for the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints as a safety, as well as making five appearances in the Pro Bowl.

He has been in jail since February 2014 and will be formally sentenced in June of this year.

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