Lenny Dykstra, former New York Mets outfielder, was sentenced to three years in prison after Dykstra pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and provided a false financial statement, according to the Associated Press.
Dykstra received his sentence after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig denied requests for him to withdraw his plea and said that his activity of leasing high-end cars and “claiming credit through a phony business” took skill and was a part of a thought-out process.
Ulfig said, “He obviously didn’t have the money to get the vehicles. His conduct was indeed criminal.”
Dykstra has had several run-ins with the law recently including time spent at a sober living facility.
During his trial, Dykstra made an argument for his plea by stating that he has attempted to make amends for his wrong doings and if his plea was granted, he would have been cleared of this.
He said, “I’m doing everything in my power to be a better person.”
Dykstra has earned almost a year towards his newly issued sentence because of time already served.
Defense attorney Andrew Flier feels like the case was misjudged due to celebrity status. He said, “No way this wasn’t a probationary case. To give him state prison is outrageous. I find it disgusting.”
At a dealership, Dykstra and two other men, Hymers and Christopher Gavanis were able to take three cars off the lot by providing false information to the dealer. Hymers and Gavanis have also pleaded no contest and are currently awaiting sentence.
Deputy District Attorney Alexander Karkanen feels like Dykstra has a tendency to use his celebrity staus and charm to get what he wants and has never had to take responsibility for his actions.
“I’m glad Lenny Dykstra has been held responsible for his behavior. This is a first for him.”
Dykstra filed for bankruptcy a few years ago, but is now facing federal bankruptcy charges because he allegedly hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 of property from his mansion.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of him flashing himself to women he met on Craigslist.
Dykstra said, “I do have remorse for some of the things I’ve done. But because I wasn’t a perfect person am I a criminal? Everyone wants to make me out to be a monster.”