Former World Series hero Jim Leyritz was convicted on a DUI charge, but acquitted of DUI manslaughter on Saturday by a south Florida jury.
He was arrested on December 28, 2007 after crashing into another car at 3 a.m. on his way home from bar hopping in Ft. Lauderdale for his 44th birthday celebration. His BAC level was 0.14 percent, but the 30-year-old victim Freida Veitch was also drunk with a 0.18 blood alcohol level!
First question…who lets the birthday boy drive after a night of barhopping? Use a designated driver people!
The jury quickly decided the ex-baseball player was not guilty of manslaughter, but almost resulted in a hung jury since one wanted to acquit him of all charges.
Ultimately, they decided they needed to hold him accountable for his actions and convicted him on DUI charges, with jury foreman Brian Haul saying:
"Are we going to go in front the public and say it's OK to have four or five drinks within an hour or so period of time and then hit the road? I think that was the deciding factor.”
After the arrest the former New York Yankee, who hit a game winning home run in game four of the 1996 World Series, lost his job as a sports commentator and lost an endorsement deal.
Small price to pay for avoiding 15 years in the big house!
Just another sad reminder to use a DD and that celebs and sports stars can get away with murder!
Do U think justice was served or should he have gotten the manslaughter charge?
[Image via Jim McDonald/WENN.]
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