NFL: Former Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III facing possible 10-year prison sentence
Henry Ruggs III has officially pleaded guilty in the fatal DUI crash that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor which could lead to the former Las Vegas Raiders receiver being sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The 24-year-old was in Clark County (Nevada) District Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence resulting in death, as well as one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
He had a preliminary hearing on May 2 in which his attorney explained that he would be pleading guilty to the charges stemming from the November 2, 2021 crash.
"This resolution is conditioned upon the court accepting the stipulations of the parties," defence attorney David Chesnoff said at the time of the hearing via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"In the event that the court does not accept the stipulations, Mr. Ruggs will be permitted to withdraw his guilty plea, proceed to trial and litigate all issues."
Ruggs initially faced up to 50 years in prison, but his plea deal drops that to between three and 10 years.
Until his sentencing on August 9, Ruggs will remain under house arrest, where ESPN reports he will be monitored with electronic devices that detect location and alcohol.
Ruggs, who was a the Raiders' first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, was driving 156 mph in his Corvette, police say, when he crashed into Tintor's Toyota RAV4. Her gas tank ruptured due to the crash, and it resulted in her death as well as the death of her golden retriever dog, Max.
When taken to the hospital for his own injuries, Ruggs' blood-alcohol content measured at 0.161, which is twice the legal limit of Nevada.
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