Darren Sharper Sentenced: Former Saints Safety Gets 20 Years in Prison

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The player that perhaps thrived most under Gregg Williams during the Saints run to the Super Bowl in 2009 was free safety Darren Sharper.
Sharper, who spent the final two years of his 14 year NFL career in New Orleans, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but under terms yielding about half that time in actual custody.
The ruling from a judge in Los Angeles stems from two rape charges as well as a pair of charges that he drugged two other women.
Today’s sentencing marks the end of prosecutions in four states, the others being Louisiana, Nevada, and Arizona.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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