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Scott Gragson pleads guilty to charges resulting from 2019 fatal DUI crash

Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 21:33:57-05

UPDATE FEB. 28: Scott Gragson, 53, has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of driving under the influence resulting in death and guilty to driving under the influence resulting in bodily harm.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson made it clear during Friday’s hearing that Gragson will not be eligible for probation.


District Attorney Steve Wolfson said during the hearing that Gragson has been informed that he is not eligible for probation and that he will be going to prison.

The crash killed Melissa Newton, mother of 3, and injured 3 other people.

Gragson's blood alcohol limit was twice the legal limited upon testing after the crash.

His sentencing has been set for June 12.

13 Investigates updates a high-profile DUI case involving real estate executive Scott Gragson as a guilty plea is expected in the case.

Chief investigator Darcy Spears uncovered this development Thursday.

Gragson, a multi-millionaire real estate mogul, is expected to plead guilty in court on Friday - this comes after he pleaded not guilty and tried to get the case thrown out of court over alleged missteps by police.

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Law enforcement sources told 13 Action News that they anticipate a significant sentence of between 15-25 years behind bars.

Video captured the moment Gragson was arrested following the fatal crash back in May 2019.

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13 Investigates has reported, that this was not Gragson's first DUI arrest and the latest in a string of speeding violations.

Police said Gragson was speeding in his Range Rover, lost control, and hit a tree in the Ridges Community, near Flamingo Road and Town Center Drive.

The incident occurred after he reportedly left a charity golf tournament put on by Colliers International, where he was an executive vice president.

There were four passengers in the car that day. 36-year-old Melissa Newton, a mother of three, was killed in the crash. Other passengers included Greg Tassi and Christie Cobbett. They are suing Gragson after suffering severe injuries. And another passenger, real estate executive Christopher Bentley, is also suing after he suffered brain damage in the crash.

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The lawsuits claim, after approaching a security gate at the entrance to the Ridges neighborhood, Gragson "became belligerent" and "proceeded to barrage the security officer with verbal abuse" before speeding off.

There was controversy in the case over how long it took police to do a blood draw.

Gragson's test was taken more than three hours after the crash. At that time, his blood alcohol content was point .147, which is more than double the legal limit.

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Attorneys for Gragson have made unsuccessful arguments that the case was flawed because of the delayed blood draw.

It's not clear yet what charges he'll plead guilty to, but he's expected to enter the plea at 1 p.m. Friday.

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