- Associated Press - Thursday, December 2, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (AP) - Former New York Yankees World Series hero Jim Leyritz is facing up to six months in jail for a Florida DUI conviction.

Leyritz will be sentenced Thursday for the misdemeanor. The 47-year-old former ballplayer was acquitted last month of DUI manslaughter following a 2007 traffic crash that killed 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch.

Jurors said they didn’t think Leyritz ran a red light and caused the crash. But the jury did conclude that Leyritz was driving with a blood alcohol level above Florida’s 0.08 limit.

Leyritz settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Veitch’s family for $350,000.

Leyritz played 11 major league seasons and is best remembered for a dramatic 1996 home run that helped the Yankees win the championship.

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