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NFL Player Stallworth Sentenced for Drunk-Driving Death

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth pleaded guilty to manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to 30 days of jail followed by two years of house arrest and eight years of probation. In addition, his driver’s license has been suspended for life.

Stallworth had been drinking at a Miami Beach club before hitting 59-year-old construction worker Mario Reyes, who was walking across the MacArthur Causeway after finishing his shift as a crane operator. Stallworth’s blood alcohol level was .126, well above Florida’s legal limit of .08.

Stallworth reported the accident immediately to police and stayed at the scene, according to Chris Lyons, Stallworth’s attorney. “He acted like a man,” Lyons said, explaining that he took full responsibility for his actions.

Stallworth originally faced up to 15 years in prison but pleaded guilty for a lighter sentence. He had no prior traffic violations or criminal convictions, and Reyes’s family agreed to the terms of his sentence. Stallworth was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and perform 1,000 hours of community service.

The National Football League player might be allowed to play football during his house arrest, if his community control officer and the NFL allow it, because people under house arrest are usually allowed to go to work or school, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office said.

But he will need a ride to the stadium because his driver’s license has been suspended for life. "He cannot drive ever again for any reason,” said spokeswoman Terry Chavez. “That is what the (victim's) family wanted. The family urged us to do this.”

Posted on June 17th, 2009
Posted in Drunk Driving

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