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Lenny Dykstra sentenced to 6½ months in prison

December 04, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Lenny Dykstra in court earlier this year.
Lenny Dykstra in court earlier this year. (Nick Ut / Associated Press )

Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies star Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to 6½ months in prison in Los Angeles on Monday for hiding memorabilia from his playing days that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing.

Dykstra, already serving a three-year sentence for auto theft, also has to complete 500 hours of community service and pay $200,000 in restitution for his conviction on bankruptcy fraud.

Dykstra, 49, apologized for his actions and promised to turn his life around.

"I don't think I'm a bad person," said Dykstra, who was in handcuffs and wearing a white prison-issued jumpsuit. "I made some bad decisions."

Prosecutors sought a 2½-year sentence after Dykstra pleaded guilty earlier this year to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering.

Dykstra filed for bankruptcy three years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

After the filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed at least $200,000 worth of items without permission of a bankruptcy trustee, prosecutors said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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