Controversial Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP/CBSNewYork)Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison in a grand theft auto case.

Los Angeles County superior court judge Cynthia Ulfig sentenced Dykstra after refusing to allow him to withdraw a no-contest plea.

The judge said that the theft scheme showed sophistication and extensive planning.

Dykstra was immediately remanded to custody, and he walked into the court’s back room with his hands in his pockets.

Dykstra, 49, 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.

Prosecutors said Dykstra and two co-defendants tried to lease and then sell high-end cars from several car dealerships by claiming credit through a phony business. His accountant, Robert Hymers, pleaded no contest to one count of identity theft, while Christopher Gavanis pleaded no contest to one count of filing a false financial statement. They are both awaiting sentencing.

Dykstra changed his plea in October to no contest and in exchange prosecutors dropped 21 counts.

Dykstra has had a series of legal problems over the past year. He faces federal bankruptcy charges and is scheduled to stand trial this summer.

Dykstra, who bought a mansion once owned by hockey star Wayne Gretzky, filed for bankruptcy three years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets. Federal prosecutors said that after filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from the $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

Dykstra also has pleaded not guilty to indecent exposure charges for allegedly exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist.

The ex-Major Leaguer has been in a sober living facility, according to court documents.

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  • Mets

    I still will always remember you nails as energetic and tough on my 86 Met’s..Whatever your personal problems are is your business not mine or any body elses..Obviously you made a wrong turn somewhere..

  • HY

    what a bum a wasted life like many athletes. Remember Denny Mcllaine? Serving 30 years. HE WON 30 games one year.

  • Freddie Fungus

    Dykstra passes bad checks to hookers. Google Dykstra’s Escort on Sports to see the bounced check

  • sarcasticallytrue

    @ bat … Dykstra would hold his hands facing the pitcher .. moving his fingers right up until the pitch was thrown. Couldn’t stand seeing him in that phillies uniform later on in his career … One of my favorite Mets players of all time.

  • Go nails

    Steroids took a toll on him.He can hardly walk all the money played playing a kids game is now gone all the glory gone and alll the fame gone.That team was jinxed.

  • thor's hammer

    gee whiz dude, how many more mulligans did you expect the justice system to serve up to you. they gave you the weekend trip to florida that most other people in your position would NOT have gotten. now you want to change your plea. next thing we know you’ll say you had your fingers crossed behind your back. be a man, do the time, then try to get your life on track. next case!

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