Former NFL safety Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.
Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday.
The ex-NFL player pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges of drugging and raping women in federal court in New Orleans. He also pleaded guilty and no-contest in state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada.
Sharper is still waiting to be sentenced in Louisiana state court, as well as Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
An Arizona judge sentenced him to nine years.
Shaper and his friend Brandon Licciardi, a former sheriff’s deputy in neighboring St. Bernard Parish, put drugs or sedatives into women’s drinks so they could rape them, according to a 15-page statement signed as part of that plea, per The Associated Press.
Licciardi is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 13.
During Thursday’s sentencing Sharper said he apologized “a thousand times” to the women he abused.
“I lived my life right for 38 years and then I took this path,” he said, per The Associated Press.
Sharper’s 18-year sentence is 15 months short of the maximum. The former safety was also fined $20,000.
Drafted in 1997, Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. He was named an All-Pro six times and won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2010. His playing career ended in 2011.