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Former Pro Bowl S Darren Sharper gets 18 years

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Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper warms up before the NFC Divisional Playoff game with the Arizona Cardinals at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on January 16, 2010. UPI /A.J. Sisco
Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper warms up before the NFC Divisional Playoff game with the Arizona Cardinals at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on January 16, 2010. UPI /A.J. Sisco | License Photo

Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison as part of a plea agreement in which he took responsibility for drugging and raping women in four states.

The former NFL safety of the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings apologized in court for "heinous decisions" that led to sexually assaulting nine women.

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One victim stared at Sharper as she read a statement in court Thursday, telling the 40-year-old, "I'm not star struck, and I have zero sympathy for you."

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo accepted a revised arrangement in March. She had previously rejected a nine-year proposal related to the same charges.

Sharper was a five-time Pro Bowl safety and was previously sentenced to nine years in Arizona for similar crimes. The Louisiana sentence runs concurrent to his federal sentence, and as part of the plea agreement Sharper agrees to implicate his two named accomplices, Brandon Licciardi and Erik Nunez. Both men confessed to being party to the three sexual assaults in Louisiana.

Sharper played from 1997-2010 and had 63 interceptions, eighth most in NFL history. He ranks second in league history with 11 interception returns for touchdowns.

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