Additional court documents related to Tammy Sytch’s appeal of her DUI-related sentencing have been made public, shedding light on her ongoing legal battle.
In these newly released documents, it is revealed that Sytch is not only challenging the court’s denial of her Motion for Downward Departure but also contesting the “Judgment and Sentence” handed down on November 27, 2023.
While she had previously acknowledged and apologized to Julian Lasseter’s family during her court appearance last month, she is now making efforts to have her entire conviction overturned and secure a reduced sentence.
Notably, the court has granted Sytch indigent status, allowing her to be represented by a public defender in her appeal without having to pay the usual court fees due to her financial circumstances.
In addition to her appeal, Sytch has requested two copies of the transcript from her sentencing.
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy “Sunny” Sytch’s situation took a significant turn when she was transferred from Volusia County Corrections to prison facility in Ocala, Florida, on the same day her appeal was filed. This move occurred following her sentencing to 17 years in prison with an additional 8 years of probation on November 28.
During her sentencing, her legal team had expressed their intention to file an appeal to seek a reduction in her sentence, but, as of today, there are no records indicating that this appeal was officially submitted.
On the civil lawsuit front, Sytch is still facing a lawsuit filed by the estate of Julian Lasseter, who tragically lost his life in the traffic incident that led to Sytch’s arrest in March 2022. She faced charges including DUI causing death (DUI Manslaughter), causing death while operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, four counts of DUI causing injury, and three counts of DUI causing property damage. In August of last year, Sytch entered a plea of nolo contendere in Florida related to these charges. This plea implies accepting conviction without admitting guilt but led to her serving time for those crimes concurrently with the more severe charges.
Coverage of Sytch’s sentencing noted her emotional statement to the court, in which she expressed deep remorse for her actions. She recalled her aspirations at the age of 16 to become a doctor and help heal people but acknowledged that, on that fateful day in March 2022, she had done the opposite. Despite her career in professional wrestling, she stressed her “morals and ethics” had remained unchanged.
Sytch shared her regret for the pain caused to the Lasseter family, citing her own experiences of losing her father to heart disease at 20 and her mother’s passing while she was incarcerated. She expressed her profound sorrow, emphasizing that she thinks about the Lasseters every day.
Furthermore, she reflected on her own past, particularly the death of Chris Candido in 2005, and how it had a significant impact on her life. She mentioned that she wished she had made different choices and that she now recognizes the importance of changing her path to prevent such tragedies from recurring.
Sytch concluded her statement by expressing her desire to use her experiences to educate the community about the perils of drinking and driving and untreated mental illness. She hoped to make a positive contribution to society upon her eventual release.
It is essential to note that Sytch has been incarcerated since May 2022.
The Ormond Beach Police Department’s report on the March 25, 2022 incident described Sytch, who did not possess a valid driver’s license, driving southbound on U.S. 1 just north of Granada Boulevard. Witnesses reported her car traveling at a high speed before colliding with Lasseter’s stopped vehicle after she failed to stop. The crash also involved a third vehicle. Tragically, Julian Lasseter passed away after being rushed to the hospital, while the occupants of the third vehicle sustained injuries.
Sytch’s legal journey has been fraught with various arrests and legal challenges over the years. She has faced numerous charges, including multiple DUI-related incidents and violations of parole and protective orders. Her legal troubles have spanned different states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Tammy Sytch’s case is a complex and multifaceted one, marked by a history of legal issues and a recent tragic incident that led to her incarceration. The outcome of her appeal and legal battles remains uncertain, but her story underscores the consequences of her actions and the enduring impact on the lives of those involved.
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