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Ex-Raider Henry Ruggs III to plead guilty in 2021 fatal crash


Former Las Vegas Raiders catcher Henry Ruggs III will plead guilty in a 2021 high-speed crash that killed a woman, his attorneys announced Tuesday.

Ruggs will plead guilty to one count of impaired driving causing death and manslaughter, which will carry a sentence of three to 10 years in prison, NBC affiliate KSNV of Las Vegas reported.

His lawyers announced the change during a court appearance on Tuesday, according to the station.

His attorneys, David Z. Chesnoff and Richard A. Schonfeld, said in a statement that this is “the first step toward a fair resolution of this matter and we look forward to closure for all parties involved.”

Ruggs was charged with driving a Corvette at 156mph, with twice the legal alcohol limit in its system, in the crash, which killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog.

Ruggs crashed into the back of Tintor’s Toyota RAV4 at 3:39 a.m. on November 2, 2021.

Tintor’s car caught fire. She died of thermal injuries, according to the medical examiner.

The Raiders dropped Ruggs, whom they drafted in the first round in 2020, shortly after the crash.

Online court records indicate his next court date is May 10.

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