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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Darren Sharper’s Co-Defendants Sentenced

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today’s sentencing of BRANDON LICCIARDI and ERIK J. NUNEZ, who were charged along with former New Orleans Saint DARREN SHARPER, in a conspiracy to drug and rape women.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced LICCIARDI to serve 17 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Additionally, LICCIARDI will be required to register as a sex offender for life pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.

U.S. District Judge Milazzo also sentenced NUNEZ to serve 10 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Additionally, NUNEZ will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.

LICCIARDI, a former St. Bernard Parish Deputy, previously pled guilty on July 15, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute Schedule IV controlled substances with the intent to commit crimes of violence, including rape.

NUNEZ previously pled guilty on July 11, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances to victims without their knowledge and with the intent to commit sexual battery.

DARREN SHARPER was sentenced on August 18, 2016, to 18 years imprisonment.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter.  U.S. Attorney also thanked District Attorney Cannizzaro and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for their invaluable cooperation.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael E. McMahon, Theodore R. Carter, III, and Brandon Long were in charge of the prosecution.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated October 20, 2016