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Former New York Yankees World Series hero Jim Leyritz was sentenced Thursday to one year's probation and fined $500 for a drunk driving conviction, a far lesser penalty than he had faced before a jury decided he wasn't responsible for a woman's death in a 2007 traffic crash.
Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz had enough time to stop before a fatal 2007 car crash but was too drunk to react to a traffic light and should be convicted of DUI manslaughter, a Florida prosecutor told jurors in a closing argument Thursday.
The prosecution rested Wednesday in the DUI manslaughter trial of former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz, after a crash reconstruction expert said Leyritz wasn't speeding before the crash that killed a 30-year-old woman.
"He acted with reckless disregard," Newman said of the 2007 crash.
Stefanie Newman, an assistant state attorney, said evidence in Leyritz's 10-day trial showed that he consumed the equivalent of 11 to 12 shots of liquor before getting behind the wheel of his Ford Expedition on Dec. 28, 2007.