Monday, March 05, 2012
Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra has been sentenced to three years in a California state prison for grand theft auto charges and filing a false financial statement on Monday.
Dykstra was sentenced in a San Fernando courtroom after a judge refused to allow him to change his no-contest plea. He could have been sentenced to up to four years in prison.
Dykstra, 49, was a former New York Mets outfielder. He and two co-defendants are accused of trying to lease high-end cars using phony business and credit information.
Dykstra initially pleaded not guilty to 25 counts after police arrested him and found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone at his Los Angeles home last April. He changed his plea in October to no contest and in exchange prosecutors dropped 21 counts.
The former MLB player also faces federal bankruptcy charges, and has pleaded not guilty to indecent exposure charges for allegedly exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Dykstra, 48, pleaded "no contest" in court yesterday and faces as long as four years in state prison, according to a statement on the website of the Los Angeles County District Attorney. He was released pending his sentencing on Jan. 20, according to the statement.
Dykstra was charged in June for allegedly trying to lease cars using phony business cards and credit information and with drug possession. The previous month, Dykstra had been charged by federal prosecutors of looting his mansion in Thousand Oaks, California, and selling items belonging to the bankruptcy estate.
Ted Flier, Dykstra's lawyer, didn't immediately return a call to his office seeking comment on the plea after regular business hours yesterday.
The case is People v. Dykstra, PA070678, California Superior Court (Los Angeles County).