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Former Yankee Jim Leyritz Gets Probation For Fatal DUI

Former New York Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz, perhaps best known for hitting a key home run in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series, was sentenced to one year of probation, a $500 fine and a six-month license suspension, according to CNN.

He could have faced as much as 15 years in prison for the 2007 DUI that claimed the life of 30-year-old Fredia Veitch. But he was acquitted of DUI manslaughter charges, mostly because it wasn't clear if he was drunk at the time or whether the victim also was partially at fault.

She reportedly had a 0.18 percent blood-alcohol concentration and wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. She also may have run a red light, the defense argued.

Broward County (Florida) Circuit Court Judge Marc Gold reminded Jim Leyritz to take the arguably light sentence seriously:

"I am telling you now that if you violate probation, I will give you the maximum jail sentence."

The former slugger had a 0.14 percent blood-alcohol concentration after the crash, according to tests, but his lawyer argued that a concussion sustained during the wreck caused his body to absorb the alcohol rapidly. It's yet another example of the advantage of having a skilled Georgia DUI attorney handling your case.

A tearful Jim Leyritz expressed regret for what happened that night after the judge announced his sentence:

"That night -- my birthday -- and every year, I will remember that night, your honor."

Prosecutors had asked the judge for a four-month jail sentence in addition to probation but Jim Leyritz's attorney successfully argued that this was his first such DUI offense. The $500 fine, negligible for a retired professional baseball player, is the maximum for Florida.

Jordan Veitch, the victim's husband, was understandably bitter about the sentence and said the defendant's conduct "shows a lack of respect for the lives of others."

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