Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III will plead guilty to felony DUI and manslaughter stemming from a fatal car crash in 2021.
According to reports, Ruggs waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday and will plead guilty on May 10 to one count of felony DUI resulting in death and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
Ruggs is accused of driving drunk and killing a 23-year-old woman and her dog during a high-speed crash in Las Vegas in November 2021.
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His attorneys told a judge Ruggs will admit to driving drunk at excessive speeds up to 156 mph, causing a fiery crash that killed Tina Tintor and her dog. A coroner said Tintor was burned alive after she was trapped in her car.
In addition to “thermal injuries,” Tintor’s lungs were scorched from “inhalation of products of combustion,” and she suffered multiple “fractures of the nasal bones, right sided ribs” and “left forearm and [chest].”
Prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood alcohol level was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit in Nevada.
The 24-year-old first-round NFL draft pick faces 3-10 years in prison. He faced up to 50 years in prison if he didn’t take the plea deal.