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Lenny Dykstra Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Fraud Scheme

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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 judge sentenced former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra to three years in state prison for leasing high-end cars from a dealership by providing false information and claiming credit through a phony business.

The 49-year-old former baseball star pleaded no contest in October to three counts of grand theft auto and one count of filing a false financial statement. Dykstra was in court Monday on a motion to withdraw his plea, which was denied.

Dykstra’s attorney, Andrew Flier, said his client “caved” and agreed to plead no contest because he wanted to get out of jail, claiming he had been treated worse than other inmates during his roughly six months of incarceration.

Dykstra was immediately taken into custody.

»RELATED STORY: Dykstra Asks Court To Withdraw Plea; Plans To Fight Grand Theft Auto Charges

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