LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for nine years.
He pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no contest in California to raping two women he knocked out with a potent sedative mixed with booze.
Sharper, 39, played at William and Mary and is a native of Richmond. He said he was entering the plea because it was in his best interest. He had faced up to 33 years in prison if convicted of all counts against him in California.
By not contesting the charges, the former all-pro...
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