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Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty to 25 charges

Jun 13, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

Lenny Dykstra AP

Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Monday in a federal case where he’s accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate.

Federal prosecutors contend Dykstra sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from an $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

Dykstra appeared dazed in court, according to The Associated Press report.  When asked if he understood the charges against him, he replied, “I don’t understand it, but I understand them.”

The former Met and Phillie showed up with a new lawyer today, a deputy federal public defender.  His previous lawyer, Mark Werksman, declined to say why he no longer represented Dykstra. Financial issues would seem to be the obvious cause.

Dykstra is being held in Los Angeles County Jail after being charged with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes. If convicted of all counts, he’d face a maximum of 80 years in prison. His trial is scheduled to begin on May 9.

The 48-year-old Dykstra is also facing charges in a different case after police found drugs such as cocaine and synthetic hGH at his home last month. He’s scheduled for an arraignment on those charges Thursday.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    How dare you analogize baseball and the legal system! That’s just weak sauce Pouliot. Sh!t reporting I say. What’s next, a Lebron/ARod analogy? Geez.

    In all seriousness, this guy deserves everything that comes to him. I’ve seen trash on the street with more value than Dykstra.

    • cur68 - Jun 13, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      Sorry El Bravo, it just seems so sad to me. I just don’t like to see people turn into a train wreck like this. He is now pathetic. He’s a shadow of who he was and seems confused. Maybe the best thing for Lenny would be jail and a chance to dry out and get his head together. He obviously can’t cope in the real word anymore. I kind of wish him luck getting convicted and some jail time if that doesn’t seem strange. At the very least he needs to have some space between himself and Charlie Sheen.

  2. aceshigh11 - Jun 13, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    What a sad sack sonofabitch. He’s like a character out of a bad noir movie.

  3. xmatt0926x - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Sad tale of what greed does to us. Because of all of his insane antics and his lack of ability to speak a sentence with any comprehension people forget that he did have a very valuable car wash business worth in the neighborhood of $50 million. Unfortunately just being very wealthy was not enough for Lenny so he went for it all when it wouldn’t likely have changed his lifestyle very much even if he was successful. Right now he wishes he was back in those days where he was just an ex-ballplayer with just a $50 million business to fall back on.

  4. ditto65 - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Does “Nails” suffer from Dimentia? If the symptoms are there, he could maybe pull a Junior Soprano and get house arrest – oh, wait – that requires he have a home. Forget it.

  5. jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    His trial is scheduled to begin on May 9, is this correct.
    Today’s date June 13, no bail mentioned and arraignment next week on other charges. Trial on first charges in 11 months, I think Lenny’s found a home.

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