Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra sentenced to three years in prison
Lenny Dykstra, nicknamed "Nails" for his tenacity, led the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986.
March 5th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra sentenced to three years in prison

Former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after a California judge denied his motion to withdraw his plea. He pleaded no contest in October to three counts of grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement.

Dykstra, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star who led the New York Mets to a World Series championship, admitted his loss was more than $100,000, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.

Beginning in January, Dykstra, 48, and two co-defendants tried to lease various high-end automobiles from several area dealerships by providing fraudulent information and claiming credit through a phony business, prosecutors said.

A criminal complaint contended that Dykstra and Robert Hymers, 27, his accountant, provided information from a man they claimed was a co-signer, but who had not authorized his name to be used.

Leases were not approved at two dealerships, but the pair and Christopher Gavanis, 30, a friend of Dykstra's, drove off with three cars at one company by providing fraudulent information to a dealer, Deputy District Attorney Alex Karkanen said.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. E.J.

    Why just "Former Met" and no mention of the fact he was with the Phillies and won a Series with them?

    March 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      E.J., ha, you are right. Being from Philly, heck, I see what you mean. He certainly has made a mess of his life and I hope when he gets out he can get on the right path. Amazing how fame has brought so many down, very sad!

      March 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    Its just another common criminal that is going where it belongs. Its not worth any sympahy or pity. Itk be forgotten in a month.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AMERICA 1st

    And it being a baseball, who cares!?

    March 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    Ok I looked up the word banz and I get it now. But it makes no sense by definition in relationship to Obama care. Now go look up the word syncophant

    March 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    He wasn't wearing a baseball uniform when his crimes were committed. So they have no relationship to the game. He wasn't convicted of stealing bases......just cars!

    March 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Too true, Portland

      March 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I know what the word means. What I don't inderstand is how it is applied to your argument, or how it applies to this thread...which is about a baseball player.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    One other thing: ad hominem doesn't apply to Obama care; it applies to how YOU are making your argument *against* it.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Oh, I can't take this phone anymore!
    Good night.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    Baseball is pointless and boring!

    March 6, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |

    I guess someone forgot to tell Lenny that stealing a car and stealing 2nd base are two completely different things!

    March 6, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill


    March 6, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |