Henry Ruggs III, the first round NFL draft pick in 2021 signed a multi-year contract with the League. The deal was estimated to be worth over $16 million. Ruggs played a key role as a wide-receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders.
A car accident that killed a girl changed everything. The former athlete is thought to have been driving up to 156mph. Ruggs’ contract with the Raiders was terminated after the incident as Ruggs faced multiple charges related to the accident.
The ex-Raiders wideout was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). According to reports, he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16% which is twice the Nevada legal limit. Ruggs was responsible for the accident that killed Tina Tintor, a woman aged 23. Tintor and Max, Tintor’s dog, died when the ex-pro athlete rear-ended Tintor in his Chevrolet Corvette. Ruggs refused a sobriety check at the crash scene.
Media reports reveal that Ruggs, just a few short years after the tragic accident, spoke with a judge on Tuesday and confirmed he would admit drunk driving caused the accident which resulted in the death of a young woman. According to reports, the former athlete has admitted that he will plead guilty in front of Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia.
Next Week, Sentencing will be Scheduled
Ruggs was initially charged with DUI, which caused fatal injuries as well as reckless driver. Ruggs was also facing a misdemeanor charge of gun-related offense because police found a loaded pistol in the car that crashed. These charges could have led to a prison sentence of over 50 years. Ruggs’ sentence could be between three and ten years if he enters a guilty plea.
Ruggs, who was driving the car, suffered a leg injury after the accident that killed Ms Tintor. His girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo Washington, who was sitting in the passenger seat was treated for a sprain to her arm. The bail amount was reduced from $1 million to $150,000, despite the fact that prosecutors had proposed it. The ex-Raiders receiver’s sentencing is scheduled for May 10, 2020.