The Latest on sentencing for ex-NFL star Darren Sharper (all times local):
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon says he’s satisfied with the prison sentence given to former NFL star Darren Sharper.
Federal prosecutors had accepted a multistate plea agreement calling for a 9-year sentence. But U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected it and more than doubled Sharper’s sentence Thursday, to 18 years and four months. That was 15 months shy of the maximum sentence.
Defense attorney Billy Gibbens says that won’t affect plea agreements with state courts in Louisiana, California, Arizona and Nevada.
Milazzo also ordered Sharper to serve three years of supervised release after he leaves prison.
McMahon and Gibbens say the plea agreement in Arizona calls for essentially a lifetime on probation after the end of the prison term there.
Sharper’s family left the courtroom without speaking to reporters.
Both former NFL star Darren Sharper and a woman he admitted drugging and raping both made emotional statements before Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison.
Sharper’s voice thickened and broke as he said he apologized “a thousand times” to the women he abused and to his family and friends. He said “I lived my life right for 38 years and then I took this path.” Sharper said he’s still trying to figure out why he did.
The woman said Sharper was so arrogant and “twisted” that he kept drugging and raping women even after he knew the attack on her was being investigated.
She said a mistake is something that happens once and is corrected, but it was a way of life for Sharper and his friends.
Her voice broke often during her long statement.
Her last words to him were: “Go to hell.”
Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.
Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. He had 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.
Prosecutors suggested a 9-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but Milazzo rejected it as too lenient in June.
Former NFL star Darren Sharper has arrived in federal court in New Orleans for a sentencing hearing.
Sharper was wearing orange prison garb, and his hands and feet were shackled when he arrived Thursday morning.
Sharper is due for sentencing after pleading 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.
Prosecutors had suggested a 9-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected it as too lenient in June.
Bodycam video released of Andre Leshon Lee who lost consciousness when arrested but died 5 days later in Dallas PD custody, Report
The Dallas Police Department has released a video of Andre Leshon Lee who they say lost consciousness shortly after being taken into custody on August 28. The video released clearly shows he lost consciousness at the site where he was arrested.
The report goes on to say Lee died September 2 in police custody a week after losing consciousness. Something doesn’t add up here.
According to Fox 4 the investigation by Dallas police into Lee’s death, he and his wife were driving the night of August 28, when his wife said he got out of the car and started running.
Morehouse School of Medicine students get surprise news that $26M gift will help pay off their debt
ATLANTA — It’s a major gift to an Atlanta-based historically Black college aimed at helping close the gap in medical disparities in America.
On Wednesday, Morehouse School of Medicine announced they received a $26.3-million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley under fire for monkey post about black students
According to WCTV Leon County school administrators, Thursday publicly detailed the investigation of an assistant principal’s Facebook post that lead to a reprimand and demotion.
The district received multiple complaints about the post by Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley.
Bradley wrote this message on her personal Facebook page:
“For a while now, I have felt like Ringmaster of the ****show. Today has done me in! I do not want to be ringmaster, someone come get the monkeys and all the circus friends.
#exhausted #goawaycovid #imgoingtobed”
“It’s important to clarify for the record what took place, the investigation that happened, and what discipline we have enforced,” said Superintendent Rocky Hanna in a Facebook live on Thursday.
The district’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Deana McAllister, says an investigation determined the post “was not meant to be divisive or hurtful, nor racially motivated.”
McAllister says the post did show a lack of professionalism and poor judgement, leading to a formal reprimand and demotion of Bradley. She was reassigned from Apalachee Elementary to Killearn Lakes.