Donte Stallworth pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter charge
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth has been sentenced to one month in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Stallworth was charged in the death of 59-year-old Mario Reyes, a pedestrian who was struck and killed by the NFL player’s car on March 14 in Miami Beach.
He had been drinking at the Fountainebleau hotel and was at the wheel of his black Bentley when he hit Reyes, who was hurrying to catch a bus after finishing his shift at 7:15 in the morning.
Stallworth’s blood alcohol level at the time of the incident was .126, well above the legal limit, court documents revealed.
The plea deal announced Tuesday calls for Stallworth to also serve 10 years probation and 1,000 community service hours, the Miami Herald reported. He also reached a confidential financial settlement to avoid a potential lawsuit from the Reyes family.
According to the newspaper, the 28-year-old football star will also lose his driving privileges for the rest of his life.
Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns for the 2008 season as a free agent but hardly played because he was injured. He caught a career-low 17 passes for 170 yards in just 11 games.