Henry Ruggs pleads guilty to drunk driving at 251 km/h in crash that killed one woman and could serve 10 years in prison

Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III pleaded guilty to drunk driving and speeding in the crash that killed a 23-year-old woman in November 2021.

The 24-year-old reached a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid trial with his guilty plea. He is expected to receive his sentence on August 9, which could range from three to 10 years in prison.

Ruggs faced five charges for the accident in which he crashed his Corvette at 251 kilometers per hour into the back of the woman’s car.

At the time of the accident, the Alabama born wide receiver had a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit in the state of Nevada.

Clark County, Nevada District Attorney Steven Wolfson said he was pleased with the plea agreement reached with the player’s lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld.

“This result achieved our three most important goals; convicting Henry Ruggs of the most stringent charge allowed under Nevada law for drunk driving, sending Henry Ruggs to prison, and eliminating his ability to appeal his conviction and prison sentence,” the DA explained.

Steven Wolfson stressed the importance of visualizing and delivering justice for the family of Tina, the name of the woman who lost her life in the incident.

“Tina’s family members are the most important people in this process; I met with them several times before reaching this resolution,” Wolfson said.

Following the accident, Henry Ruggs has been placed under strict electronic monitoring and alcohol testing.

Henry James Ruggs is a former college football champion with the Crimson Tide. In the 2020 draft, the Las Vegas Raiders selected him in the first round.