Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in prison in drug rapes

LOS ANGELES, CA FEBRUARY 20: Former NFL safety Darren Sharper pleads not guilty to charges of allegedly drugging and raping a pair of women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom February 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin-Pool/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA FEBRUARY 20: Former NFL safety Darren Sharper pleads not guilty to charges of allegedly drugging and raping a pair of women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom February 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin-Pool/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — A judge in Los Angeles has sentenced former NFL star Darren Sharper to 20 years in prison for raping two women and drugging two others, but under terms that would total about half that time in custody.

The sentencing Tuesday marks the end of prosecutions in four states for the former all-pro safety who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints.

Sharper pleaded no contest in a deal negotiated with prosecutors in four states. But the deal was superseded by a judge in New Orleans who said it was too lenient and sentenced Sharper to 18 years.

Sharper was also convicted of rapes or sexual assaults in Nevada and Arizona.

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