Darren Sharper gets final sentence in drug rapes

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A judge in Los Angeles has sentenced former National Football League star Darren Sharper to 20 years in prison for raping two women and drugging two others, but under terms that would total about half that time in custody.

The L.A. Times reports that a judge has sentenced Darren Sharper to 20 years in prison after incidents where he raped and drugged two women in Los Angeles.

Sharper, 41, pleaded guilty in Louisiana state court a year ago to two counts of forcible rape for drugging and assaulting two women and one count of simple rape stemming from two separate incidents in August and September 2013 involving three women.

He was given a 20-year sentence in that case. But that term was superseded by a federal judge in Louisiana who rejected the plea deal negotiated in four states and sentenced him to 18 years in prison.

Sharper has been in jail since February 2014 after being arrested in Los Angeles following the first rape allegations. Sharper also has faced cases in Arizona and Nevada.

The sentencing Tuesday marks the end of prosecutions in four states for the former all-pro safety who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints. He was employed as an analyst for NFL Network before he was sacked when the rape allegations surfaced.