No Contest to Murder in Super Bowl DUI Deaths

District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Christopher Thomas Rigsby pled no contest to one count of second degree murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and one count of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2012, Rigsby drove to South Lake Tahoe to watch the game at Harvey’s Casino with his friends. After several drinks, he drove back to Sacramento County early in the morning the next day. Rigsby was first observed speeding westbound on Highway 50 near the Sunrise Avenue exit. Within minutes, he was seen speeding eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 50. Rigsby collided head-on with a Pontiac Aztec at speeds estimated between 70 to 90 mph. Three people in the Aztec died at the scene; a fourth suffered major injuries, and the driver suffered minor injuries. Rigsby’s blood alcohol registered at .21 percent more than two hours after the collision. Rigsby had been previously convicted of a DUI in 2001.

Rigsby faces a maximum potential sentence of an indeterminate term of 15 to life in addition to 5 years and 8 months in prison. Sentencing is set for January 18, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 62 before the Honorable Judge Tami Bogert.

This case was prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s DUI vertical prosecution team, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.