Donte Stallworth, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, plead guilty to DUI manslaughter today for a drinking and driving incident that resulted in him striking and killing a pedestrian.
The plea deal, which was just accepted by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy, orders Stallworth to spend 30 days in jail for the death of Mario Reyes.
In the plea agreement, Stallworth was sentenced to eights years of reporting probation, two years of community control and a lifetime driver’s license suspension. During probation, he will have many drug and alcohol tests.
The Reyes family agreed to the plea bargain, pushing for a quick agreement so the case could be resolved.
“We’ve been in intense discussions with the victims who, as far as we’re concerned, are the primary force in what is a just resolution of this case,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle told the press Monday night.
Stallworth, who had a clean driving record before the DUI offense, showed remorse over Reyes’ death and cooperated with authorities, helping to make a quick plea deal.
On March 14, Stallworth hit and killed Reyes, a 59-year-old crane operator, who had just finished a night shift on Terminal Island. At the time, Stallworth had a blood alcohol level of .126%.
”I just want to extend my condolences to the Reyes family. My prayers are with them,” Stallworth told the press on April 2. “I have full confidence and faith in the legal process.”
Sources: The Miami Herald, WPLG Local 10: Just News