Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs received a prison sentence of 3 to 10 years on Wednesday for his fatal drunk-driving car crash in 2021 that resulted in the death of Tina Tintor and her dog.
At the time of the collision, Ruggs was operating his Corvette at a speed of up to 156 mph, and his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. The impact of Ruggs’ high-speed collision with a parked vehicle, in which Tintor and her dog were seated, caused a fiery explosion.
Ruggs entered a guilty plea for charges of DUI leading to death and vehicular manslaughter as part of a negotiated plea agreement.
During the hearing, Ruggs expressed his remorse, stating, “I sincerely apologize. I have no excuse.”
District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson released a statement subsequent to Ruggs’ guilty plea in May, acknowledging the limitations of the agreement. Wolfson cited concerns related to the procedure for obtaining Ruggs’ blood sample following the crash as the reason for opting for the plea deal.
“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,” he noted.
In response to the incident, the Tintor family released a statement at that time, reflecting on the loss of Tina and her dog Max.
“Today, like every day, we remember Tina and Max, and how they were taken from us that fateful night. No sentence will ever bring Tina and Max back, but we hope that everyone learns from this preventable incident so that no other families suffer like we do,” the statement read.
“We appreciate the efforts of the district attorney’s office to overcome the issues caused by the initial investigation, and we look forward to putting this behind us so that we can focus on honoring the memories of Tina and Max.”