Tammy Lynn Sytch was once the most downloaded woman on AOL as Sunny, but those days are in the past. Despite her previous fame and induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, Sytch’s life has been filled with legal problems and personal challenges in the past decade. Her decline from her earlier success as one of the original WWE Divas and a prominent figure in professional wrestling during the 1990s is quite noticeable. Now, her sentencing date is finally here after a slew of bad decisions led her down the wrong path.
Ringside News provided comprehensive coverage of Tammy Lynn Sytch’s sentencing hearing. There is a lot to unpack at the end of the day for the former WWE Diva.
Tammy Lynn Sytch had a chance to speak during her sentencing hearing. They kept repeating the phrase that she is “more than the worst thing she’s ever done.” Her attorney pleaded for the judge to find a mix between incarceration and mental health rehabilitation. They did not want the full 25-year sentence, with six months of probation after that, but the prosecution pushed for the full incarceration period.
The prosecution brought up Tammy Lynn Sytch’s 3 DUIs in a 21-day span. These were not good looks as they brought up instances that we have extensively covered in the past regarding her tragic history of poor decision-making.
When the judge finally handed down her verdict, Judge Karen Foxman stated that these circumstances do not require the alternative sentencing that Tammy Lynn Sytch’s legal defense asked for. She also spoke about the “egregious” details about the case. Sytch was credited for submitting an open plea to the court.
In the end, Judge Karen Foxman ruled that Tammy Lynn Sytch was guilty of all charges. When all the charges and time was added up, Tammy Lynn Sytch received a 17-year sentence in prison. She will receive credit for 566 days served so far. That will be followed by 8 years of probation. She will not serve out that time in a rehab center. This is the end to a very tragic story.
On March 25th, 2022, around 8:28 PM EST, Tammy Lynn Sytch, who didn’t have a valid driver’s license, was driving south on U.S. 1 near Granada Boulevard. She didn’t stop as required and was reportedly speeding. Her car collided with 75-year-old Julian Lasseter’s parked vehicle, leading to his tragic death after being taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, the occupants of another vehicle involved sustained injuries to their necks, backs, sides, and heads but didn’t require hospitalization.
In the end, Tammy Lynn Sytch faced charges of DUI Manslaughter, Driving While License Suspended with Death, Four Counts of DUI with Damage to a Person, and Two Counts of DUI with Damage to Property.
In March 2022, there was another legal problem involving Tammy Lynn Sytch. Earlier that year, she was arrested for allegedly using scissors to threaten someone close to her during a domestic dispute. She faced charges for having the scissors illegally and making threats. She was released from custody, but had to regularly check in with the court and avoid having weapons.
Tammy Lynn Sytch was set to undergo sentencing on Monday, November 27th, for several significant charges tied to deadly traffic incident that took place in March 2022 in Ormond Beach, Florida. This incident led to the unfortunate passing of Julian Lasseter. The sentencing hearing was set for 9 AM.
In August, Sytch entered plea of nolo contendere, meaning she accepted conviction without admitting fault or guilt. One of the charges she faces is DUI Manslaughter, a third-degree felony in Florida, carrying a potential sentence of up to 15 years in prison, with a minimum of four years, and fines up to $10,000. She also faces sentencing on the charge of causing death while driving with a suspended or revoked license later in November, which could result in up to 10 and a half years in prison. In total, she could be looking at more than 25 years behind bars.
During the court hearing in August, Sytch mentioned her PTSD diagnosis, which she tried to get consideration for. At the time of the accident, Sytch’s blood alcohol content was .280, which is 3.5 times the legal limit of .08 under Florida law. THC, indicating marijuana use, was also found in her blood, and an unsealed bottle of vodka was discovered in her car.
Tammy Lynn Sytch had legal troubles in December 2021 while on vacation in Florida, but the details of her arrest during that time are unclear.
These recent incidents fit a pattern of legal issues for Tammy Lynn Sytch, including multiple arrests in Pennsylvania between 2015 and 2016. These arrests were related to DUI, driving without a license, reckless driving, and other offenses. Sometimes, her blood alcohol level was way over the limit.
In August 2016, Tammy Lynn Sytch was sentenced to 97 days in prison but got out early after spending 60 days in rehab, with WWE covering the costs. She was put on probation, had to do alcohol testing, community service, and pay fines. She was warned that more legal problems could lead to consequences.
However, just 18 days into her probation, Tammy Lynn Sytch was arrested again in Northampton County, PA, for various offenses, including driving without a license. She faced more fines and legal trouble.
Tammy Lynn Sytch had ongoing legal issues and violated parole, resulting in multiple arrests and time in jail or rehab. Her struggles with alcohol addiction and legal problems continued for years, including several DUI arrests and breaking probation rules.
Tammy Lynn Sytch’s legal problems have occurred in different states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, involving DUI, parole violations, and various charges. This is the end for another tragic chapter in Tammy Lynn Sytch’s life, and one that took her freedom for a very long time. We will have to see if the WWE Hall of Famer makes any public statement on the matter, but she won’t be a free woman.
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