Henry Ruggs fatal DUI: Sentenced to 3-10 years
Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for DUI-related death.
Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III has been sentenced to three to 10 years in a Nevada state prison for his involvement in a DUI-related accident that resulted in the death of Tina Tintor and her dog in 2021. The sentencing was accepted by a judge in the Clark County District Court on Wednesday. Ruggs, who is 24 years old, will be eligible for parole after serving three years of his sentence.
The incident occurred on November 2, 2021, when Ruggs was driving his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette at a speed of 156 mph and crashed into Tintor's car, a RAV4, on a residential street in Las Vegas. The impact caused Tintor's car to be propelled 571 feet and catch fire. It was later discovered that Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level of 0.161, which is more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.
Before his sentencing, Ruggs addressed the court and expressed his sincere apologies to the parents and family of Tina Tintor. He acknowledged the pain and suffering his actions had caused and admitted to letting down his own family, teammates, and those who believed in him.
On May 10, Ruggs pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with Tintor's death: one count of DUI resulting in death and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state dropped one count of DUI causing substantial harm to his passenger and two counts of reckless driving.
Following the crash, the Raiders released Ruggs from the team. He had played in 20 games, starting in 19 of them, and had a total of 50 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns since being selected as the 12th overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Ruggs had been on house arrest but was taken into custody immediately after the sentencing.