Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to 3 years in prison Monday after pleading no contest to grand theft auto, according to a CNN article.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig denied the former MLB great’s motion to withdraw his plea after he pleaded no contest in October to three counts of grand theft auto as well as filing a false financial statement.
Back in January 2011, Dykstra, and two co-defendants attempted to lease several expensive automobiles from various dealerships by providing false information and securing credit through a business that did not exist, according to prosecutors.
The criminal complaint stated that Dykstra and his accountant, 27-year-old Robert Hymers, provided information from a purported co-signer who did not authorize the leases. Leases were not approved at two dealerships.
However, the pair accompanied by Dykstra’s friend, Christopher Gavanis, 30, drove off with 3 cars at one dealership secured by the fraudulent information, said Deputy District Attorney Alex Karkanen.
The cars have since been returned, said Karkanen.
On top of it Los Angeles detectives allegedly found cocaine, ecstasy and a synthetic human growth hormone, when they searched his Encino home in April.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop 21 charges against him. The laundry list included attempted grand theft auto, identity theft, possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized possession of a syringe.
Dykstra, 49, was also indicted federally in May for obstruction of justice after allegedly taking over $400,000 in property that belonged to his bankruptcy creditors and subsequently lying about it under oath, prosecutors claim.
The 3-time MLB All-Star is famous for leading the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986. His pro baseball career began in 1981, when the New York Mets drafted him out of high school in Garden Grove, CA.
In his second year in the majors, Dykstra who was aptly nicknamed “Nails” for the grit he often displayed on the field hit a lead-off home run in Game 3 of the 1986 World Series at Fenway Park in Boston after the Mets dropped the first two games at home.
The homer helped rally the Mets past the Red Sox in 7 games. A series that will be forever be linked to Bill Buckner’s infamous game six error at Shea Stadium.
Unfortunately, Dykstra’s on field accomplishments will now be overshadowed by his criminal exploits.
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