- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A co-defendant in the drug-and-rape case involving former NFL star Darren Sharper won’t be allowed to see a sealed sentencing memorandum filed in Sharper’s federal case.

Sharper has pleaded guilty or no-contest in four state courts and in federal court to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women. He’s expected to serve about nine years under a plea agreement - although he could serve more if the agreement falls through.

A Louisiana co-defendant, Brandon Licciardi (lih-CHAR’-dee), has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers asked for access to the pre-sentence memorandum. But, U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Millazzo on Tuesday rejected their argument that the access would help them determine whether Sharper’s plea agreement gives him incentive to tell prosecutors what they want to hear in the Licciardi case.

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