Former Washington Commanders safety Deshaor Everett pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless driving for his role in a December 2021 car crash that killed his girlfriend.
Everett was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter in February, but Loudoun County prosecutors reduced the charge. Last winter, Everett was the driver of a 2010 Nissan GT-R that veered off the road and struck several trees before rolling over — killing 29-year-old Olivia S. Peters, Everett’s longtime girlfriend. WTOP reported that prosecutors and Everett’s attorney said Peters’ family supported the amended charge.
The NFL veteran, who is currently a free agent after the Commanders released him in March, could still face up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine. Everett will be sentenced Sept. 8.
Everett spent seven years with Washington, becoming a key reserve who was named the team’s special teams captain. The safety suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.
“Mr. Everett entered a plea of guilty to Reckless Driving and the matter is scheduled for sentencing on September 8,” Everett’s attorney, Kaveh Noorishad, said in a statement obtained by NBC Sports Washington.
WTOP reported that Everett plans to have former teammates testify as fact and character witnesses on his behalf. Everett’s attorney and prosecutors asked for the sentencing to be pushed until March 2023 — after football season is over — but District Court Judge Deborah Welsh declined the request.
“I don’t find that compelling,” Welsh said. “Regardless of your profession, everyone in this court is treated equally, and that includes to be sentenced in a timely manner. Just like everyone else who has to take off from work, players can be subpoenaed.”
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