UPDATE: According to Curt Anderson of the Associated Press, Jim Leyritz was acquitted on DUI manslaughter charges for a December 2007 crash that resulted in the death of Fredia Ann Veitch. However, he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which could put him in jail for a maximum sentence of six months.
In other words, heâ€™s incredibly fortunate today. Leyrtiz could have faced up to 15 years in prison if he was convicted for the DUI manslaughter charge. Letâ€™s hope he does something useful with a second chance.
9:30 AM: A quick update on Jim Leyrtizâ€™s trial.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, after six hours of deliberation on Friday, the jurors in Leyritzâ€™s DUI manslaughter trial said that they were deadlocked.
â€œWe have reached a stalemate. We have completely decided that we cannot reach a decision,â€ the panel of five men and one woman wrote the judge about 6 p.m. Friday in the second day of deliberations. â€œHow do we proceed?â€
Circuit Judge Marc Gold asked the jury to discuss the case further and attempt to reach a unanimous decision. Theyâ€™ll do so today. If they are unable to reach a verdict, a mistrial will be declared. According to the Associated Press, prosecutors say there would be a second trial, which hopefully wonâ€™t take another three years.
In December of 2007, Leyritz allegedly drove drunk and ran a red light when he hit a vehicle driven by Fredia Ann Veitch, who was killed. The former Yankee faces between four and 15 years in prison if convicted.