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Lenny Dykstra sentenced to three years in prison

San Francisco : CA : USA | Mar 06, 2012 at 5:23 AM PST
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Lenny Dykstra Faces Drug, Car Theft Charges

Leonard Kyle, popularly known as Lenny Dykstra, has finally been sentenced to three years in a California state prison for grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. Dykstra is a former Major League Baseball center fielder. He played for the New York Mets during the late 1980s before playing for the Philadelphia Phillies during the early 1990s.

Lenny Dykstra was sentenced on Monday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig. She sentenced him after refusing to allow him to withdraw his no-contest plea.

The Judge said, "He obviously didn't have the money to get the vehicles,” adding, "His conduct was indeed criminal."

This isn’t the first time Lenny Dykstra has been proven guilty of such scams. Last year in May, Dykstra was sentenced to house arrest after a bankruptcy fraud indictment. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Dykstra was allowed to leave the house under the conditions of work, going to church and mandatory drug-testing.

He was supposed to be sentenced in the grand theft auto case earlier this year, but the sentencing was delayed because he was involved in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

After hearing his sentence, Dykstra said in the court, "Did I do something I'm not proud of? Yes. Am I a criminal? No." He also apologized to his family in his statement, but offered no apology to the victims of the car theft.

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.

Deputy District Attorney Alexander Karkanen said Dykstra had used his charm and celebrity status to get what he wanted and had never been accountable for his actions. "I'm glad Lenny Dykstra has been held responsible for his behavior," Karkanen said outside of court. "This is a first for him."

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File photo of former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra in court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California
File photo of former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra in court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California
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