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Leyritz Vows Never To Drive Under Influence Again

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Jim Leyritz (Photo/Associated Press)

Jim Leyritz (Photo/Associated Press)


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NEW YORK (CBS 2) – After a Florida jury gave former Yankee catcher Jim Leyritz a mixed verdict in a case that could have sent him to jail for at least 15 years, he burst into tears.

The jury found the ex-baseball player guilty of driving under the influence but acquitted him of manslaughter.

Leyritz had been accused of running a red light moments before he slammed his SUV into a Mitsubishi Montero, killing 30-year-old Fredia Veitch.

“If you are in the wrong place in the wrong time, you have to just be careful with everything you do. I can guarantee that I will never again have a drunk driving,” Leyritz said. “It doesn’t even have to over the legal limit. It’s just the fact that you are drinking and driving. That something like this could happen.”

Leyritz was a first-time offender faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 29.

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