Friday, March 20, 2015
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s Statement Regarding the Guilty Plea Announcement of Darren Sharper
(New Orleans, LA) – “This afternoon, Darren Sharper announced in open court that he had entered into a plea agreement with respect to pending charges in Louisiana as well as the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and the United States of America. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement negotiated between the defendant’s attorneys and Federal and state prosecutors, we expect that he will begin entering formal guilty pleas as soon as Monday and that he will be in Louisiana within the next 30 days to plead guilty to his pending state and Federal charges in New Orleans.
First, I want to thank the victims who have stood tall and remained very strong throughout this process. Throughout the prosecution of this matter, they have been disparaged by members of the public in media reports. I note, however, that the only concern of the victims in the New Orleans cases has been and remains the conviction of their attackers and have sought no attention or personal gain. This plea constitutes a complete vindication of these victims as well as their truthfulness. Furthermore, I request that the members of the media respect their privacy throughout this difficult process.
Second, I want to thank our Federal law enforcement partners for their cooperation in prosecuting this case – in particular, Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Attorney Kenneth Polite. The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office recognizes that but for the efforts of the local FBI office and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana these convictions would not have been possible.
As this remains an open case, the District Attorney’s office will have no further comment on this issue.”