Ex-NFL star Sharper awaits sentence in rape cases

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former NFL star Darren Sharper has a sentencing hearing in federal court Thursday following an earlier multi-jurisdiction plea deal related to allegations he drugged and raped as many as 16 women in four states.

Sentencing was originally slated for June, but Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected the 9-year prison sentence prosecutors recommended under the plea deal.

Sharper now faces a possible 15-to-20 years. It remains unclear how much his agreement to testify against his co-defendants will affect his sentencing Thursday.

He has pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges arising from the allegations of drugging and raping women in federal court in New Orleans, and state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada.

Sentencing for Sharper's two co-defendants is scheduled for Oct. 13.