Did pro football player Donté Stallworth get off easy in a plea bargain that puts him in jail for less than a month for killing a man in a drunk driving incident? Joe Biddle, a columnist for The Tennessean, asks that question. Mario Reyes, 59, a crane operator, was killed after being struck by Stallworth’s Bentley. Stallworth was judged to have an alcohol level of .126, well over the legal limit.
Stallworth paid an undisclosed amount of money to the Reyes family, which favored closure in order to avoid a public trial. Stallworth will also undergo two years of house arrest followed by eight more years of probation. He has to perform 1,000 hours of community service. Perhaps the most severe penalty for Stallworth was losing his driving privileges for life. Suppose the situation had been reversed, says Biddle, with Reyes accidentally killing Stallworth . Reyes would almost surely spend a lengthy incarceration, not having Stallworth’s financial means to arrange a similar plea bargain.