Henry Ruggs III Pleads Guilty in Drunk Driving Case

Ruggs Guilty Plea
(Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, Pool)

On Wednesday, one of the significantly darkest stories in recent NFL history saw the beginning of the end. Former Las Vegas receiver Henry Ruggs III plead guilty to one count of DUI that led to one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Judge Jennifer Schwartz set Ruggs’ sentencing for Aug. 9.

A statement was made by District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson regarding the case and resulting death of 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog.

“I recognize this outcome is not sufficient to punish Ruggs for the loss the Tintor family has suffered, but there was a legitimate concern that a court would have suppressed the result of the blood draw. We would have lost the felony DUI charge. We couldn’t take that chance. This resolution sends Ruggs to prison for up to 10 years on a felony DUI conviction and brings closure to the Tintor family.”

On Nov. 2, 2021, Ruggs was speeding in his Corvette at speeds up to 156 miles per hour while under the influence according to police. Ruggs crashed into the back of Tintor’s vehicle consequently launching the vehicle 571 feet. A blood draw from Ruggs a couple hours after the accident showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.161; more than twice the legal limit in the state of Nevada.

After Ruggs’ guilty plea, he faces three to 10 years in prison following his house arrest until his sentencing. Ruggs was taken in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders in the first round at the 12th overall pick.

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