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Dennis Wright: Man who drove drunk, killing MMA fighter, takes plea deal, faces 10 years in prison

Posted: 11:28 AM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-10 00:21:48Z
Man whose driving killed MMA fighter gets deal

The man accused of driving drunk and killing an MMA fighter in Delray Beach has accepted a plea deal.

Dennis Wright pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of the crash in the death of Jordan Parsons, 25, in May of 2016.

Wright made a deal that could get him a 10-year prison sentence if he gives a truthful statement about his alcohol use and his actions on the day of the crash, including the speed he was going when he struck Parsons.

Investigators say Dennis Wright, whose license has been suspended six times, was driving his mother's Range Rover south on Federal Highway at Lindell Boulevard when he hit Parsons, who was in a crosswalk.

Parsons suffered a serious leg injury and was transported to Delray Medical Center where he died three days later from injuries sustained in the crash.

According to officials, Wright may have been driving up to 116 miles per hour before he hit Parsons.

Officials say Wright made an effort to have the damaged vehicle repaired at a local shop, but the owner refused to do the work. They say Wright rented a bay at a storage facility and hid the SUV.