Judge places former NFL receiver Henry Ruggs III on house arrest as he awaits trial

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


FISM News has followed the heartbreaking case of former Las Vegas Raiders’ wide receiver Henry Ruggs III ever since he killed a 23-year-old woman in a drunk driving incident at the beginning of November. Ruggs was reportedly driving at 127 MPH under severe alcohol influence when he slammed his car into the victim’s car, killing the young woman in the explosion. Ruggs and his girlfriend were in his car and were both injured in the accident.

The latest update from Las Vegas is that Ruggs, having paid the $150,000 bail payment to get out of jail, is now on house arrest with an alcohol monitor on his ankle at all times as he awaits his trial on Dec.16. Prosecutors are attempting to gain access to Ruggs’ previous medical records to prove that he still has a serious problem with alcohol addiction in an effort to bolster the case against him.

This will be high-profile case, no matter the outcome. It is a sad story, as the young receiver in his second season showed promise in the NFL before committing this foolish action where a woman was senselessly killed.

If he is sentenced, Ruggs faces up to 40 years in prison and additional charges for reckless driving and a weapons misdemeanor. Ruggs was released by the Raiders after the incident became public, and even if his defense team can somehow put together an argument to have him acquitted, it is likely he will not play in the NFL again.