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Endymion drunk driver released from jail

Posted: 5:33 PM, Jul 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-21 18:33:26-04

Neilson Rizzuto, the man who plowed a truck into a crowd of spectators at the 2017 Endymion parade while driving drunk, was released from prison on Friday, his defense attorney told our media partners at The Advocate. 

In January, Criminal District Court Judge Benedict Willard sentenced Rizzuto to five years in prison but suspended one year and gave him credit for the 11 months in jail he had already served. He also ordered Rizzuto to serve one year of probation upon his release.

Rizzuto’s early release was made possible by a state law that makes nonviolent offenders eligible for release when they have served 35 percent of their sentence with good behavior, the newspaper reports. 

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