The Case of Henry Ruggs Has a Direct Link to Former Bills Star O.J. Simpson.
When former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III goes to court to face felony charges stemming from a tragic vehicle accident on November 2, he’ll be facing a judge who played a key role in the saga of a Buffalo Bills legend: Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson.
According to Katelyn Newberg of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ruggs, 22, faces charges of DUI resulting in death and reckless driving after prosecutors claim he crashed his Chevrolet Corvette into the back of a Toyota RAV4 while driving 127 mph with a blood alcohol content of “more than twice the legal limit” and a loaded gun in the car.
According to a news statement from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Tina O. Tintor, 23, and her dog died in the fiery crash, which also left Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, with “severe” but non-life-threatening injuries.
Ruggs has already received a public censure from Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure, who has a history of being tough on current and former NFL players.
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The Bills’ Connection to Bonaventure
Bonaventure’s name may be familiar to Bills fans from the case that landed Simpson in prison in 2008.
In conjunction with an attempt to recover sports memorabilia that he claimed belonged to him, Simpson was convicted of kidnapping and robbery. While another court finally sentenced him to 33 years in prison, Bonaventure had ordered him to be imprisoned earlier that year for a bail violation.
In September 2017, Simpson was released on $125,000 bond, with Bonaventure giving him some colorful orders not to contact anyone involved in the case.
“Do not communicate via e-mail, phone, mail, passenger pigeon, or any other means. Do you get what I’m saying?” According to ABC News, Bonaventure told Simpson during his initial bond hearing.
However, Simpson was later suspected of conveying a message to a co-defendant via a bail bondsman, and Bonaventure ordered that he be held in custody while the charges were examined.
In the Ruggs case, Bonaventure has also come up. On November 3, ESPN reported that the judge… Nokia News – Quick Recap