Gragson Sentenced For Fatal DUI Crash

Real Estate Exec Faced As Much As 25 Years In prison

Associated Press
September 04, 2020 - 3:31 pm
Mug shot of DUI suspect Scott Gragson



LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prominent Las Vegas businessman was sentenced Friday to 8 to 20 years in prison for a deadly drunken driving crash.

Real estate broker Scott Gragson pleaded guilty in February to drunk driving causing death and substantial bodily harm.

Gragson was driving a Range Rover that crashed into a tree following a May 2019 charity golf tournament that Gragson organized. Video showed Gragson pulling into his community, having a testy exchange with the security guard, then speeding off. The accident happened seconds later.

Melissa Newton, a mother of three, was killed and three other passengers were seriously injured. A financial settlement was reached with Newton's family, while lawsuits are ongoing for the other occupants in the SUV.

“The impact here is so tremendous,” District Judge Michael Villiani said as he sentenced Gragson, the grandson of a former Las Vegas mayor.

Prosecutors asked Villiani to sentence Gragson to beween 10 and 25 years in prison. Defense attorneys asked for a minimum six-year prison sentence.

Gragson, who was not in court for the sentencing hearing, read a prepared statement saying he felt pain, remorse and guilt and apologized to families of the victims.