Eriksson cops plea

Another day, another Eriksson story. Looks like we might be heading towards a final chapter in this saga, however. After what appeared to be a mistrial a couple of days ago, where the jury was deadlocked 10-2, today's report has Eriksson pleading no contest to embezzlement and being a felon with a firearm. Eriksson was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison by Judge Patricia Schnegg, and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. He must return to court Dec. 7 for a restitution hearing.
Judge Schnegg also dismissed two other counts of grand theft auto as part of the plea agreement. The judge said the three-year prison term will run concurrent with the six-month sentence that came after Eriksson's earlier no contest plea on Oct. 19. That was the drunk driving charge resulting from the alleged Feb. 21 crash of that poor red Enzo at 162-198 mph on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

As part of the plea deal, Eriksson's Bel-Air home will be sold, and the proceeds will go towards any restitution. "It was a fair resolution," Deputy District Attorney Tamara Hall told reporters Tuesday, adding that the decision to agree to a plea was "consistent with the majority of the jurors." Alec Rose, one of Eriksson's attorneys, said he expects Eriksson to be released somewhere between November 2007 and January 2008.

He added that Eriksson will then leave the U.S. Deported, leaving, same difference.

[Source: KNBC-TV via MSNBC]

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