Ex-Raiders WR Henry Ruggs issues statement after being sentenced to 3-to-years

Ruggs caused a deadly DUI crash in 2021 November.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ex-Raiders WR Henry Ruggs issues statement after being sentenced to 3-to-years

Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs apologized to Tina Tintor's family after he was sentenced to three-to-10 years in prison over a deadly DUI accident. In 2021 November, Ruggs was intoxicated when he caused a crash that left 23-year-old Tintor and her dog Max dead.

Ruggs, who was initially facing a prison sentence of over 50 years, struck a deal with prosecutors in May. On Wednesday, Ruggs was officially sentenced to three-to-10 years behind bars. During his sentencing, Ruggs expressed his remorse and accepted the responsibility for what he did.

“To the parents and family of Ms. Tintor, I sincerely apologize for the pain and suffering my actions the morning of Nov. 2, 2021, have caused you, your family and those who knew Ms. Tina and Max. I let my family, my teammates and those who believed in me down with my actions and hurt so many," Ruggs said in a statement.

Also, Ruggs said there was "no excuse" for what he did.

Ruggs struck a deal with prosecutors in May

In May, Ruggs cut a deal with prosecutors when he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of DUI resulting in death and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter.

"I recognize this outcome is not sufficient to punish Ruggs for the loss the Tintor family has suffered, but there was a legitimate concern that a court would have suppressed the result of the blood draw. We would have lost the felony DUI charge.

We couldn't take that chance. This resolution sends Ruggs to prison for up to 10 years on a felony DUI conviction and brings closure to the Tintor family," District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson said in a statement released after Ruggs pleaded guilty in May.

After his third year in prison, 24-year-old Ruggs will be eligible for parole. Ruggs was in his second season in the NFL when he caused a DUI crash that resulted in him being released by the Raiders and eventually sentenced to jail time.