February 18, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Federal judge rejects Darren Sharpe plea deal
A federal judge has rejected former NFL safety Darren Sharper's plea deal, saying nine years isn't enough after Sharper allegedly engaged in serial rapist activities. "This court cannot accept this plea agreement," U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo told Sharper. Sharper and his lawyers until March 3 to decide whether to withdraw a guilty plea he entered last year. Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal involving charges in four states. He also has pleaded guilty or no contest to similar charges in state courts in California, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.
His attorneys declined comment as they left the courtroom.Sharper's federal plea deal called for a 108-month prison sentence if he were to comply with a lengthy list of requirements, including cooperation with authorities in the case against two co-defendants in Louisiana. Milazzo noted a pre-sentence report compiled by federal authorities called for a sentence between 15 to 20 years. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.