Prominent Vegas businessman pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash

February 29, 2020 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prominent Las Vegas businessman faces years in prison after pleading guilty in a deadly DUI case.

Real estate broker Scott Gragson pleaded guilty Friday to charges of DUI causing death and DUI causing substantially bodily harm in a May crash that killed a mother of three and injured three other people.

Defense attorneys said they would ask District Judge Michael Villani to impose the minimum sentence of six years , while prosecutors are expected to request a sentence of at least 10 years.

The 53-year-old Gragson is grandson of former Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragso.

Gragson was driving when his car hit a tree, killing 36-year-old Melissa Newton and injuring three other passengers after a charity golf tournament he organized.

Gragson in a statement provided to reporters expressed deep sorrow for those killed, injured or impacted by his actions, and he said he pleaded guilty to spare others the pain o a trial.