Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth plead guilty to killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk. Sentence that Stallworth received was outrageous — 30 days jail time, 8 yrs probation, 2 yrs house arrest and suspended license for life. He did make a finical settlement with the Reyes family and the family agreed to this sentence. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said that Stallworth’s cooperation, remorse and that this was his first offense were considered in the sentencing. Stallworth faced up to 15 years in prison. In Florida the average sentence for what Stallworth did is 10 years.
It seems like Stallworth’s wealth and star status was more a factor that his remorse. The day before Stallworth had just received a $4.5 million bonus from the Browns. I’m sure whatever settlement he made with the Reyes family was just a fraction of Stallworth’s bonus. to that. Stallworth should make finical restitution to the Reyes family but he should also receive a realistic prison sentence. It is possible the NFL may give Stallworth a harsher punishment than the courts.
I don’t doubt that Stallworth is truly remorseful for killing Reyes. Stallworth was returning from a night of partying. Reyes, a construction worker, was just trying to catch a bus after work. Stallworth did not plan to kill anyone. He failed to consider the possible consequences of his actions.