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‘Girls Gone Wild’ Businessman Sentenced In Sunset Strip Fatal Hit-And-Run

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BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — An Australian businessman whose company once distributed “Girls Gone Wild” videos was sentenced Friday to just under a year in jail for a hit-and-run crash that left a 21-year-old woman dead on the Sunset Strip.

Under a plea deal, Ryan Mathew Bowman, 34, was sentenced to 364 days in a private Los Angeles jail facility.

Bowman pleaded guilty to a felony count of leaving the scene of the crash that killed Lauren Ann Freeman as she tried to cross Sunset Boulevard at Hammond Street shortly before midnight Nov. 10.

Witnesses said Freeman was in a crosswalk, ahead of a group of friends, when she was struck by a dark vehicle and thrown about 50 feet. Freeman had been at a concert at the Roxy Theatre and was crossing the street with friends to reach a taxi.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Bowman will also be placed on four years probation after his release from jail and he must complete a nine-month alcohol education program. He was also ordered to have a breathalyzer-like device placed on his automobile for one year.

In addition, a restitution amount to be paid to the Freeman family will be determined, prosecutors said.

Investigators found debris from the front end of a gray-to black-colored Bentley at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Chris Tatar. A charcoal- gray Bentley with front-end damage and no license plates was later found parked near La Cienega Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.

Accompanied by his attorney, Bowman surrendered the following afternoon at the sheriff’s West Hollywood Station.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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