Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra received a six and a half-month prison sentence for looting valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from his mansion after he had filed for bankruptcy.
Bloomberg reports that Dykstra, 49, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson in Los Angeles. The former Major League Baseball player is already serving a three-year California state prison term for grand theft auto and a nine-month term for lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon.
'I’m trying to understand who is Mr. Dykstra', Pregerson said. 'There’s a spectrum of conduct that’s hard for me to understand'.
Dykstra’s federal public defender, Hilary Potashner, told the judge that drug and alcohol abuse were behind Dykstra’s string of criminal conduct in the past few years, including the bankruptcy fraud, his efforts to lease cars with false business information and attempts to have sex with women who responded to an ad for a personal assistant.
His drug addiction dated back to his days as a baseball player when, after many injuries, he had to take painkillers to 'make it through the day', Potashner said. His financial difficulties tripped him up in the mid-to-late 2000s, the lawyer told the judge.
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