So, Lenny Dykstra's Finally Going To Prison...
Lenny Dykstra (left), joins former teammates Dwight Gooden (center) and Daryl Strawberry as a former New York Met who's done time.
In what appears to be the culmination of what essentially has been a 20-year crime spree for former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra, "Nails" was sentenced this afternoon to prison time after pleading no contest to one count of grand theft auto -- and he still has charges that he whipped it out in front of a woman he met on Craigslist to look forward to.
Dykstra, who played center field for the Mets from 1985 to 1989, was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig to three years in prison for his role in a scam to lease high-end cars from dealerships using the credit of a phony business.
According to various media reports, after leasing the vehicles, Dykstra and his two co-defendants -- his accountant, Robert Hymers, who pleaded no contest to one count of
identity theft, and Christopher Gavanis, who pleaded no contest to one
count of filing a false financial statement -- planned to sell them and pocket the cash.
Additionally, when Dykstra was arrested, police found cocaine, ecstasy, and human growth hormones at his Los Angeles home.
Dykstra initially pleaded not guilty to 25 crimes related to the cars, cocaine, and other drugs. However, in October, he changed his plea to no contest in exchange for prosecutors dropping 21 of the 25 counts.
Dykstra attempted to withdraw his no contest plea earlier this year, but to no avail -- according to the Associated Press, the judge told him his car-theft scheme involved "sophistication and extensive planning."
As we mentioned, Dykstra is no stranger to the wrong side of the law; in addition to being named in the Mitchell Report for his use of performance enhancing drugs, Dykstra's been accused of several legal indiscretions dating back to 1991 -- which we'll list chronologically below (compliments of Baseball Unrated's "Hall of Shame").
-May 7, 1991: Dykstra got hammered and wrapped his Mercedes Benz around a tree in Pennsylvania after attending a bachelor party for his Philadelphia Phillies teammate Jon Kruk. At the time of the wreck, Dykstra's BAC was .179.
-1999: Dykstra was arrested on charges that he sexually harassed a 17-year-old girl. The charges ultimately were dropped, but were the first of what would eventually be four accusations of sexual misconduct involving Dykstra.
-In March 2009, it was alleged that Dykstra's businesses were facing financial ruin and that he had used offensive terms when speaking about Blacks, women, and homosexuals.
-In September 2009, Lenny Dykstra was banned from both of his foreclosed multi-million dollar properties in Lake Sherwood. Security officers have been instructed to deny access to Dykstra. He was accused of vandalizing the properties and not maintaining home owners insurance on the properties. A trustee was assigned by the courts to manage the properties.
-In December 2010, Lenny Dykstra was accused of hiring a female escort, then writing the escort a bad $1,000 check. Adult film star and escort Monica Foster claimed that Lenny Dykstra purchased her escort service on December 13, 2010 then wrote her a check that bounced. Monica Foster later posted a copy of the bounced check on her blog.
-In January 2011, Lenny Dykstra was accused of sexual assault by his housekeeper. A female housekeeper alleged Dykstra would force her to give him oral sex on Saturdays. The woman told investigators she "needed the job and the money so she went along with the suspect's requests rather than lose her job," according to the filing, and "returned to work in the suspect's home with knowledge that she obtained from the Internet of a claim of sexual assault by another woman."
-On April 14, 2011, Dykstra was arrested and charged with bankruptcy fraud. Also The Los Angeles Police Department Commercial Crimes Division arrested Dykstra in Encino at 8 p.m. Thursday on separate grand theft charges related to the purchase of vehicles. He was arrested by the Forgery Section of the LAPD Commercial Crimes Division. The LAPD made the arrest following an investigation. He was held on $500,000 bail.
Dykstra is scheduled to stand trial for the bankruptcy fraud charges this summer.
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