Disgraced former baseball star Lenny Dykstra on Monday was sentenced to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig sentenced Dykstra to hard time after refusing to allow the 49-year-old to withdraw his no contest plea.
Ulfig said the scam to lease cars from dealerships by providing fraudulent information and claiming credit through sham businesses showed sophisticated planning.
Dykstra has had a series of legal woes in a post-career downward spiral that has included a stint at a sober living facility and exposing himself to peeps on Craigslist.
In a rambling, impassioned plea for probation, Dykstra said he’s tried to make amends for past transgressions and said he would be cleared of any wrongdoing.
“I’m doing everything in my power to be a better person,” he said.
The judge wasn’t buying it and denied his request to undo his plea of no contest. Dykstra, wearing a gray suit with a blue shirt, was remanded to custody.
Dykstra has earned nearly a year’s worth of credit due to time already served. His defense attorney said Dykstra was singled out because he’s a celebrity.
Dykstra initially pleaded not guilty to 25 counts after police arrested him and found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone at his home.
He changed his plea in October to no contest and in exchange prosecutors dropped 21 criminal counts … but the big ones still earned him a trip to prison.