NFL star Darren Sharper pleads guilty to sex assault charges

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Former NFL player Darren Sharper sits in a Los Angeles courtroom during a bail hearing on March 24, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – Former NFL star Darren Sharper could serve as long as nine years in federal prison after making deals in sexual assault related charges in Los Angeles, Arizona and Nevada.

Sharper appeared in a Los Angeles court and pleaded no contest to sex assault charges stemming from cases in L.A. As part of the deal, Sharper will be sentenced to 20 years in prison, but will serve 50% of his sentence minus time already served, which is nine years. All sentences will run concurrently.

His attorneys and prosecutors declined to comment about the case. The victims declined to appear in court Monday.

Sharper’s sentencing was continued to July 15, so his other case pending in Louisiana can be resolved.

Sharper last week reached a “global resolution” to end all claims in all jurisdictions, attorney Blair Berk said in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday.

Sharper was charged in California, Louisiana, Nevada and Arizona.

In Nevada, Sharper agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of attempted sexual assault for attacking two women. He agreed to serve up to eight years in prison, which will run concurrently with all other sentences.

In Arizona, Sharper appeared via telephone and pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sexual assault and one count of sexual assault.

He was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, which will also run concurrently with other sentences, according to the Maricopa County district attorney. He was also ordered to serve a life term of probation.

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