Former Las Vegas Raiders catcher Henry Ruggs III has officially pleaded guilty in the fatal DUI crash that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor after accepting a plea deal that could land him up to 10 years in prison.
Ruggs, 24, was in Clark County District Court Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to one charge of DUI resulting in death, as well as one misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter, according to Yahoo Sports.
He had a preliminary hearing on May 2 in which his lawyer explained that he would plead guilty to the charges stemming from the accident on November 2, 2021.
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“This resolution is conditioned on the court accepting the stipulations of the parties,” defense attorney David Chesnoff said at the time of the hearing via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
«In the event the court does not accept the stipulations, Mr. Ruggs will be permitted to withdraw his guilty plea, proceed to trial, and litigate all issues.»
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Ruggs initially faced up to 50 years in prison, but his plea deal reduces 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 the Raiders’ first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, was driving 156 mph in his Corvette, police say, when he collided with Tintor’s Toyota RAV4. His gas tank ruptured due to the accident, resulting in the death of him and his golden retriever, Max.
When he was taken to the hospital for his own injuries, Ruggs’ blood alcohol content was 0.161, which is twice the Nevada legal limit.
Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who was also in Ruggs’ Corvette at the time of the crash, also suffered injuries.
Tintor’s family members, including his mother and brother, were present at the court session on Wednesday.
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“Today, like every day, we remember Tina and Max, and how they were taken from us that fateful night,” attorney Farhan R. Naqvi said in a statement prepared by the Tintor family on Yahoo Sports. «No sentence will bring Tina and Max back, but we hope everyone learns from this preventable incident so that no other family suffers like we did.»