LAS VEGAS — Lawyers for former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III are preventing to retain his health-related documents away from prosecutors charging him with driving below the impact in a fiery automobile crash that killed a female earlier this month.
Already dealing with felony DUI ensuing in loss of life and reckless driving prices, Ruggs, who did not seem in human being in court Wednesday, was also hit with added felony DUI and reckless driving charges and a misdemeanor cost for possession of a firearm whilst intoxicated. The extra rates would necessarily mean added prison time for Ruggs if convicted.
“The evidence supports a second felony DUI cost,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson informed reporters. “We believe that that Mr. Ruggs’ girlfriend [Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington] was considerably injured, and underneath Nevada legislation, if one is significantly injured in a DUI collision as a outcome of the defendant’s actions, we can file a second demand.”
Questioned how significantly time Ruggs could be experiencing if convicted on all five expenses, Wolfson replied, “The bare bare minimum, actually, would be two years in jail, up to as significantly as somewhere in the 50-[years] selection. These are nonprobationable offenses. So the felony DUI rates, if Mr. Ruggs is convicted, he are unable to get probation. He ought to get a prison sentence.”
Ruggs, 22, is accused of driving 156 mph with a blood liquor written content two times the authorized restrict in Nevada when his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor’s 2013 Toyota RAV4, which burst into flames, at 3:40 a.m. Nov. 2. Tintor and her puppy were being both equally killed in the crash. The 23-12 months-old’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday.
“I have been doing this for 40 many years, and I can tell every and every one particular of you that I have experienced a number of ordeals exactly where the points that were offered at the outset of the case turned out not to be the points,” Ruggs’ attorney David Chesnoff stated. “So that is why I continue to keep declaring, ‘Please really don’t prejudge, enable us do the get the job done in the courtroom.’ The state, the prosecutor will do theirs, and that’s when the facts will be determined.”
Chesnoff and legal husband or wife Richard Schonfeld cited state privacy legislation as they tried using to persuade the choose to temporarily block access to Ruggs’ healthcare information, saying state regulation supersedes federal wellbeing records privateness specifications.
Attorney Peter Christensen obtained the exact same short term block on behalf of Kilgo-Washington, who was a passenger in Ruggs’ automobile and reportedly underwent surgical treatment on an arm just after the crash.
The choose established a Dec. 8 listening to to make your mind up no matter whether Ruggs’ and/or Kilgo-Washington’s health-related data ought to be turned above to police and prosecutors, which would be the critical to the additional felony fees Ruggs is going through. A Dec. 16 preliminary hearing of proof was also set to ascertain no matter whether Ruggs will encounter demo in condition court docket.
Ruggs posted $150,000 bail last 7 days and is under property arrest with strict disorders — he is becoming monitored electronically can not drive or take in alcoholic beverages, including being examined 4 times per working day for alcoholic beverages and had to give up his passport — as his prison situation proceeds.
Ruggs — who was the initially draft decide on in the team’s heritage soon after it relocated to Las Vegas, taken in the first spherical of the 2020 draft at No. 12 — was launched by the staff much less than 24 hours immediately after the crash.
The Raiders also produced Damon Arnette, who was drafted 7 spots just after Ruggs, on Monday after video surfaced on social media of the cornerback waving a gun and threatening to destroy someone. Only a few of the Raiders’ 7 picks from the 2020 draft continue being on the team.
The Associated Push contributed to this report.