- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers for one of former NFL star Darren Sharper’s co-defendants in a drug and sexual assault case want a look at sealed court documents regarding Sharper’s pending federal court sentencing.

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 multi-jurisdiction plea agreements.

A co-defendant in the federal and state cases in Louisiana is a former sheriff’s deputy, Brandon Licciardi.

Licciardi has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers filed papers Thursday seeking a look at a sealed pre-sentence report filed by the government. They say the report could provide evidence as to whether Sharper has incentive to tell prosecutors what they want to hear in the Licciardi case.

“The credibility of Darren Sharper will be central to this case. Any statements, admissions or arguments that are being presented in support of the ‘Sharper deal’, Mr. Licciardi is entitled to have knowledge of,” the Licciardi filing says.

Licciardi is charged in a federal indictment with crimes, including witness tampering and the distribution of drugs with intent to commit rape.

Sharper has pleaded guilty or no-contest to criminal charges involving similar allegations in California, Nevada, Arizona and Louisiana. In Louisiana, he pleaded in state and federal courts. He awaits formal sentencing in most jurisdictions and, should the plea agreements fall through, could face 20 years in prison.

“The incentive for Mr. Sharper to ‘sing the government’s tune’ is clear in light of the lengthy prison sentence that Mr. Sharper could face and the government’s unilateral discretion to terminate the Sharper deal,” said the motion filed Thursday and signed by defense lawyers Ralph and Brian Capitelli.


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