- Associated Press - Thursday, December 2, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | Former New York Yankees World Series hero Jim Leyritz has been sentenced to a year of probation and fined $500 for a Florida drunk driving conviction.

The sentence was imposed Thursday by Broward County Circuit Judge Marc Gold. 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 decided that Leyritz didn’t run a red light and cause the crash. The jury found 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 remembered for a dramatic 1996 home run that helped the Yankees win the championship.