Ex-NFL star Deshazor Everett sentenced to JUST 3 months house arrest for crash that killed girlfriend Olivia Peters
LOUDON COUNTY, VIRGINIA: Former NFL player Deshazor Everett has been sentenced to three months of house arrest after pleading guilty to the fatal car crash that killed his girlfriend. The incident took place last year in December when the former Washington safety star rammed his Nissan GT-R into trees. His girlfriend was also there in the vehicle with him. He was initially sentenced to 12 months of house arrest with nine months suspension in a July 2022 verdict and charged with involuntary manslaughter. However, in the latest verdict, Judge Deborah C Welsh said during the hearing, “This was truly an accident. The court doesn’t find malice.” She added, “The court believes the punishment recommended is reasonable.”
The 29-year-old Olivia Peters was in the passenger seat when the accident took place in Loudon County, Virginia. An investigation revealed that Everett was driving his sports car double the speed limit of 45mph (72kph). The report also determined that the footballer hadn’t taken any drugs or alcohol while driving and turned himself in at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in February. When asked about how the Peters' family has responded to the whole situation, Everett said, "It was such a tragedy that’s happened, and to still have the family to support you, and have good communication, open communication, with the family, that means a lot." He told to Washington's WTOP: "We all got to get through it together. We all lost someone. She was a special person who touched all of our hearts."
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Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Virginia and attracts only one year, but the former NFL star was let off with his driver license suspended for six months. He also must pay a $2,500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, after the house arrest term ends. Everett may have received just a house arrest as the case of former NFL star Kevin Ware, months after was indicted for brutally murdering his girlfriend revealed some grusome details. Ware burned his girlfriend's body after killing her, stated court documents. A grand jury has now indicted the former NFL player for murder and tampering with evidence, specifically a corpse, in connection with the death of his girlfriend Taylor Pomaski.
Everett’s attorney Noorishad shared his views on the sentence his client received on Thursday, Sept 8: “I think the judge looked at the facts of the case, the actual evidence from the case relating to the speed and the circumstances surrounding the accident, and I think she reached a fair decision.” He told reporters, "I think her sentence is clear and it’s something that will hopefully not just help Mr Everett, but will also help the community, the NFL, and will effect some serious change."