Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/5/12

“The Bad Boys Won: the story of the 1986 New York Mets” by esteemed sports writer Jeff Pearlman is a great book. But in this case, a bad guy lost. Former Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison in a grand theft auto case.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig sentenced Dykstra after denying his attorney a chance to withdraw Dykstra’s no-contest plea. Dykstra has had his share of legal and substance abuse problems over the years, now it looks like he’s about to do hard time.

More from the AP Report:

The judge said the theft scheme showed sophistication and extensive planning.

Dykstra was immediately remanded to custody and he walked into the court’s back room, hands in his pockets.

Dykstra, 49, initially pleaded not guilty to 25 counts after police arrested him and found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone at his Los Angeles home last April.

Dykstra’s legal problems are far from settled, he has white collar criminal issues too; facing federal bankruptcy charges. Dykstra is scheduled to stand trial this summer.

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