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Dykstra Asks Court To Withdraw Plea, Plans To Fight Grand Theft Auto Charges

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Lenny Dykstra leaving 500 Pearle St. courthouse in Nov. 2008; Dykstra spits during a 1990 season MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (credit: Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Lenny Dykstra leaving 500 Pearle St. courthouse in Nov. 2008; Dykstra spits during a 1990 season MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (credit: Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

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SAN FERNANDO (CBS) — A former Major League Baseball star wants a Los Angeles County judge to give him another chance in court.

Attorneys for Lenny Dykstra, who played a key role on the New York Mets during the team’s championship season in 1986, said Thursday the former baseball star has had a change of heart and intends to fight grand theft auto and other criminal charges.

Dykstra, 48, has filed documents with Superior Court to withdraw his “no contest” plea that was made back in August of last year.

He was originally charged with nearly two dozen felony counts in connection with a car leasing business that prosecutors alleged was established with fake financial documents in order to lease high-end cars from several L.A. County dealerships.

Attorney Andrew Flier told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that Dykstra’s decision to reverse his legal strategy could have serious consequences.

“All of those dismissed charges would be regenerated, and unfortunately he could also potentially be put back in custody,” said Flier.

Dykstra was originally charged with nearly two dozen felony counts in connection with a car leasing business he was setting up. It’s up to the judge now whether to accept his plea withdrawal.

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