Ex-Raiders player Henry Ruggs sentenced in fatal 2021 Las Vegas DUI crash

Henry Ruggs is seen in this May 2023 booking photo.
Henry Ruggs is seen in this May 2023 booking photo.(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Published: Aug. 9, 2023 at 9:19 AM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - In an August 9 hearing at the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas, former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was sentenced to a minimum of three years and a maximum of ten years in state prison after he agreed to plead guilty to a pair of charges following a fiery 2021 crash that killed a woman and her dog.

Ruggs was reportedly driving as fast as 156 MPH with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit when his Chevrolet Corvette struck and killed Tina Tintor in her Toyota RAV4 early on the morning of November 2, 2021. The Las Vegas Raiders released the former first-round pick from Alabama later that day.

Ruggs agreed to plead guilty to charges of DUI resulting in death and vehicular manslaughter. In exchange, additional charges against him were dismissed.

He spoke briefly at the start of the hearing, accepting responsibility for his actions.

“I sincerely apologize,” Ruggs said. “I have no excuse.” He apologized to the victim’s family, his family, and his teammates, among others. He also explained that the incident is “not a true reflection” of who he is, and he voiced a desire to bring awareness to the dangers of drunk driving and speeding.

Ruggs’ attorney noted that his client has been on house arrest with electronic monitoring for over a year and a half without a single violation. He categorized Ruggs’ behavior as truly “aberrant” and not representative of the “kind, shy, extremely bright and thoughtful young man” Ruggs is.

He added that the defendant is “truly remorseful” about his actions.

A representative for the victim’s mother also read a prepared statement to the court, reflecting on the “tragic yet preventable way” that her daughter was killed and “taken away at the hands of another’s negligence.”

The statement reflected on Tintor’s kindness, including a proclivity for taking in stray animals. Her mother said that the victim “saw the beauty and life in every soul.”

“Her beauty has been stripped from the world,” her mother observed. She added that she hoped everyone involved could “move forward in caring for each other.”

Judge Jennifer Schwartz called the case “one of the more tragic” ones that she has seen. She noted that Ruggs had no previous criminal record and that he had overcome a great deal in his life prior to this “traumatic, tragic case.”

She also noted that the judiciary requires consistency, and with that in mind, she sentenced Ruggs to the term of 36-120 months that the parties had agreed to. He will also serve a concurrent sentence for the lesser misdemeanor charge.