Yesterday in a Miami-Dade county courtroom, wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth received a 30-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter. The 28-year-old athlete could have faced up to 15 years in jail for hitting and killing a 59-year-old pedestrian with his Bentley after a night of drinking at Miami Beach’s Fountainbleauhotel.
Following Stallworth’s release from prison, he will serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. He must also undergo drug and alcohol testing and perform 1,000 hours of community service.
Stallworth and his defense attorney reached the plea bargain in part because of the family’s desire to have the case resolved and avoid further pain. Miami-Dade State attorney also cited Stallworth’s willingness to accept responsibility and cooperation with law enforcement as factors in the decision. Stallworth also reached a confidential financial settlement with the family of the DUI victim.