Prosecutor defends plan to release Darren Sharper in nine years

AP

Former NFL player Darren Sharper is expected to be released from prison in nine years as a result of his plea deal on charges of raping nine women. One of the prosecutors who agreed to that deal says that’s appropriate.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, who agreed to the plea deal rather than prosecuting Sharper and winning a conviction that could have carried a life sentence, noted that Sharper has already served a year in jail and will serve nine more.

“I certainly don’t think serving 10 years in jail is a slap on the wrist,” Cannizzaro told the Times-Picayune. “I think that’s a significant sentence.”

Ten years in jail may not be a slap on the wrist, but it’s not a particularly harsh sentence given the gravity of the charges against Sharper. He is accused of being a serial rapist who repeatedly drugged and attacked women, in four different states.

Sharper is apparently getting some credit because he has agreed to testify against two other men who are also accused of rape, and Cannizzaro says the sentence facing Sharper is enough.

“There is a significant period that is hanging over his head,” Cannizzaro said. “Essentially, he will be on probation for the rest of his life. He will be required to stay in Arizona for the larger portion of his life. So, from the perspective of the sentence, I do believe this is, to some extent, an onerous sentence on Mr. Sharper.”

Cannizzaro may think so, but that’s hard for the rest of us to accept. This deal means a serial rapist will be walking the streets again in 2024.

73 responses to “Prosecutor defends plan to release Darren Sharper in nine years

  1. This is outrageous, this guy is a monster who preys on women, if he is free society is in danger, lock him up for good.

  2. Honestly, from someone who once spent 9 days in jail while waiting for confirmation of my address I can tell you that even THAT seemed like an eternity. All I could think about was my situation outside, will I get out in time to pay rent and not lose my place to live, my job, etc. I can’t even imagine serving a 3 month sentence let alone 9-10 years.

    I know when a person who gets sentenced to 1 year for a rape people gasp and wonder how someone got off so lightly. While I still do agree, I have the benefit of knowing just how terrible that 365 days feels on the other end.

  3. He should be forced to wear a cloak with the “R” emblazoned on it when he is released, forcing shame upon him from all the townsfolk, a la the Scarlet Letter.

  4. Look at sharper’s tat in the pic, it’s prophetic. A downward pointing dagger through a D. Yes, his “dagger” did him in.

    And he will go through his life with his downward pointing dagger for the rest of his days.

  5. In comparison to other proud Viking players, what Sharper did really want that bad. I’d still date him.

  6. At which point he will apply and be reinstated to the league while everyone keeps hating Richie Incognito.

  7. No matter how you slice it he’s getting off way too easy. Raping at least nine women. Personally I believe that he should be executed.

  8. Something I wonder about in cases like these is, why should the prosecution accept a plea deal? Was there a lack of evidence that risked a failure to convict? I haven’t followed the details of the case, but I had the impression that it was a pretty clear and damning case, not something too vulnerable to letting him off with no punishment.

  9. “He’s rich … what part of that don’t you understand?”, said the prosecutor.

  10. Honestly, what he’s accused of seems to be the exact same thing as Cosby except I’ve not heard anything about anything being pursued against Cosby.

    The whole double standard thing between the rich/celebs and normal folks is a disgrace.

    I honestly don’t blame the prosecutor because he knows what a good lawyer could do for Sharper if this went to court.

  11. Prison inmates have their own set of rules. They don’t like guys raping women or hurting children. If he is to survive those 9 years, they better put him in that special cell block for people like him, otherwise, the inmates will have Sharper helper for lunch.

  12. kevpft says:
    Apr 9, 2015 1:03 PM

    Something I wonder about in cases like these is, why should the prosecution accept a plea deal? Was there a lack of evidence that risked a failure to convict? I haven’t followed the details of the case, but I had the impression that it was a pretty clear and damning case, not something too vulnerable to letting him off with no punishment.

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    This is the type of case where a good lawyer can shoot it full of holes. The majority of the evidence is obviously from women who say they were drugged. If Sharper denies it then so much of it is he said she said.

    Remember that these accusations had followed him everywhere he went and no agency ever chose to pursue it much less prosecute it. On a one by one basis these are easy for Sharper to defend but it’s now the pattern of accusations that is the real evidence against him.

  13. Don’t think Sharper got special treatment, this stuff happens all the time when the prisons are overflowing with drug related criminals they tend to let out the violent offenders and rapists or just give them light sentences. If the government release everyone that was every convicted on a marijuana charge the prison system could handle more of the violent offenders and rapists.

  14. I love how everyone is putting money on the table like Sharper is loaded. How much money do you honestly believe he has after the courts and attorneys are paid? Haha…you all sound like sour grapes because you don’t have a bunch of money to get you out of trouble. Duh…

  15. What baffles me is were’nt these women already in his hotel room and willing to drink? Why did he need to drug them? Seems to me they were there for a reason anyway… Makes Darren all the more strange and dangerous. Some kind of Jeffrey Dahmer stuff going on there.

  16. Winter- agreed. He also has testified against two others to presumably put them off the streets as well

  17. This is no excuse at all for sharper but what did these women actually think was going to happen when drunk at 3AM in an apartment?

  18. bigbri1970 says:Apr 9, 2015 1:25 PM

    What baffles me is were’nt these women already in his hotel room and willing to drink? Why did he need to drug them? Seems to me they were there for a reason anyway… Makes Darren all the more strange and dangerous. Some kind of Jeffrey Dahmer stuff going on there.

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    Rape is not about sex, it is about power.

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    jwilliamsspf says:Apr 9, 2015 1:23 PM

    I love how everyone is putting money on the table like Sharper is loaded. How much money do you honestly believe he has after the courts and attorneys are paid? Haha…you all sound like sour grapes because you don’t have a bunch of money to get you out of trouble. Duh…

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    He actually saved money by not going to trial in 4 different states. So he still may be in decent shape financally, sad to say if he puts his money in a savings account and let it accrue interest over the next decade. He will be fine when he gets out…….. Now finding a job and a place to live is another thing.

  19. The Revenge Porn guy got 18 years and never touched a woman. Not condoning his extortion tactics, but Sharper is a habitually violent predator and got half of the sentence? Doesn’t seem logical to me.

  20. In the meantime, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office asked for and received, a sentence of 13.3 years of hard labor in prison without the possibility of parole, for Bernard Noble for possessing two joints.

    Something’s rotten in LA.

  21. Again, if prison was for punishment and not a country club, we wouldn’t have overcrowding and could actually lock violent offenders away for life. Perhaps one of the other states he is facing charges in will get it right.

  22. I too agree that 9 years is not enough of a sentence. But there are two things to consider here. A plea agreement will not only keep Sharper from probably having to testify it will also keep the women from taking the stand and having to relive their horrible experience. There is also the possibility that their identities would be exposed in the media circus.
    It also prevents the prosecutor from screwing up and getting little or no sentence. The OJ trial is a perfect example.

  23. Guys like Sharper are handsome, have money, prestige, high visibility, but obviously doesn’t have the game or the rap to be a closer. I mean he has to get women drugged up like zombies to get sex from them without their knowledge. How can you have any pride in the conquest when you take a woman like that? Also how gratifying or satisfying can that be? You really have to laugh at a guy who has to get a woman doped out of her mind to have sex. He’s a major loser, and the fact that he’s ended up in prison confirms that.

  24. Maybe another woman will come forward in another jurisdiction later. I am not convinced all of them have come forward. Only 9? Maybe some just have reasons not to deal with it at this time.

  25. This is a joke. You do more time for selling a bit of weed.

    If it was some guy off the street, they’d bury him so deep in prison, they’d have to pump sunlight to him.

  26. Not only that but they’ll probably send him to one of the ‘country club’ prisons….all at taxpayer expense. This isn’t much of a punishment. I agree with a previous poster…they should have put a stipulation in the plea agreement that he be castrated or else it was life in prison.

    If it were any other person instead of a star football player, do you think they would get off so easily? I seriously doubt it.

  27. sb44champs says:
    Apr 9, 2015 1:30 PM
    This is no excuse at all for sharper but what did these women actually think was going to happen when drunk at 3AM in an apartment?

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    First of all they were drugged, this could have happened on their first drink. We don’t know how drunk they were if at all. Secondly, maybe they thought they were going to have consensual sex before this psycho decided to rape them!!!

    Meeting a guy, going back to his hotel room and having a drink is absolutely no reason to get raped. Sharper probably could have had consensual sex with most of these women, instead his lust to feel power and control over them made him rape them instead.

    He is a very sick man.

  28. He agreed to snitch on his partners for significant reduced time and if he doesn’t tell then he will get all those years hanging over his head. To think this dude was hired by the Network is wild.

  29. I think it’s more than enough. Are we all to have a blind eye that most of these women aren’t gold diggers and didn’t fabricate a story more to get more money and damages?

  30. jwilliamsspf says:Apr 9, 2015 1:23 PM

    I love how everyone is putting money on the table like Sharper is loaded. How much money do you honestly believe he has after the courts and attorneys are paid? Haha…you all sound like sour grapes because you don’t have a bunch of money to get you out of trouble. Duh…

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    When you have over 1-2 million; most people can retire off of the interest. Sharper is worth 8 million right now; if he gets a somewhat healthy return of 7% on that every year… that will be worth about 16.7 million by the time he gets out. FYI – 17 million generates about 1 million in interest on a yearly basis. That is why it is called generational money. You basically have to be an idiot to piss it all away.

    However, he will be broke by the time he gets out… by pleading guilty he admitted to raping those women. That’s 10 civil lawsuits and those women should get every dime he has.

  31. Idiotic lawyers and their Monty Hall Let’s Make A Deal mentality. This guy is a sexual predator and should not be let loose for the rest of his natural life. Leave it to lawyers to screw up a steel ball. No pun intended.

  32. Fry is ass. Hope he has to deal with Bubba for all 9 years. Poor women have to live with what he did to them for the rest of their lives.

  33. I just started watching Dexter (I know I’m late) and I really wouldn’t mind him being real and getting a hold of Sharper.

  34. I heard a lawyer talking about it today and he feels the prosecution must think some of the evidence is kind of weak so to make sure this guy doesnt get off from a technicality or get even a lighter sentance they got the deal done.

  35. sad fact is sharper and his high priced lawyers would have dragged the victims thru the mud and it only takes one idiot juror to buy in..see oj

  36. A quick question, do all the years he spent playing on the Vikings count as time served? I get its not exactly the same, according to Randy Moss, the food in prison is better.

  37. tvguy22 says:
    Apr 9, 2015 1:12 PM
    Chemical castration.
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    I agree with that premise but I would rather it were surgical as it is not reversible by simply stopping the drug treatment. 9 women seems to be enough to justify cutting them off. Maybe they can deny pain meds so he is conscious and watching while they do it. (never happen but it would be one heck of a deterrent)

  38. Once again the victims of a serious, heinous crime get victimized again by the system. Sorry ladies for the trouble he put you through…so essentially he gets 1 year per victim. The legal system in this country is totally out of wack…policemen murder innocent people, juries won’t convict people of murder, prosecutors make deals with criminals.

    In America, the chances of being a victim increase exponentially every single day.

  39. 9 years isn’t nearly long enough. I’m sure if Darren Sharper had raped Leon Cannizzaro’s wife or daughter he would agree with me.

  40. Prison inmates have their own set of rules. They don’t like guys raping women or hurting children. If he is to survive those 9 years, they better put him in that special cell block for people like him, otherwise, the inmates will have Sharper helper for lunch.

    You don’t understand prison life dude…he is a pro football player, or was, he has lots of money……he will have it ok in any cell block……money talks on prison… Laid back watching RV smokin Cuban’s

  41. Convicted serial rapists upon their release from prison should be housed in the same neighborhoods the DA lives in.

    I’ll bet that would lengthen a few prison sentences.

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