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Judge rejects plea deal in ex-NFL star Darren Sharper's rape case

Judge rejects plea deal in ex-NFL star Darren Sharper's rape case

A federal judge rejected a plea deal Thursday in the rape case against former NFL star Darren Sharper, saying the nine-year sentence doesn't reflect the seriousness of the alleged assaults against as many as 16 women.

"This court cannot accept this plea agreement," U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo told Sharper as he stood before her in orange prisoner coveralls and shackles. She gave Sharper and his lawyers until March 3 to decide whether to withdraw a guilty plea he entered last year.

Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal involving charges in four states, including the rapes of two women in Los Angeles. He also has pleaded guilty or no contest to...

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