Lenny Dykstra Released from Lockup

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Courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service
Lenny Dykstra, the Santa Ana-born baseball phenom out of Garden Grove High who went on to Major League glory with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in the early to mid-1990s, has completed his state and federal incarcerations.

"Nails" was released Thursday from Victorville Federal Correctional Complex, where he'd spent the last 6.5 months.

Dykstra was transferred to Victorville from the Los Angeles County Jail, where since March 2012 he'd been serving a three-year sentence for grand theft auto and falsifying financial statements. The former baller (later branded a financial whiz kid) had been housed in LA's celebrity wing alongside Conrad Murray and James DeBarge.

That changed after Dykstra's December sentencing in LA's federal court, where he pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering. He was then allowed to serve the time from his state and federal offenses concurrently, resulting it what appears to be an unusually early release, especially from an auto theft conviction.

He does still have to complete three years of supervised release, perform 500 hours of community service, undergo regular drug testing, enter a substance abuse program and repay $200,000 in restitution to his creditors.

After retiring from baseball in 1998 at age 35, Dykstra opened a car wash in Corona, which led to the opening of more car washes, including one in Anaheim Hills, Team Dykstra Quick Lube Centers, a Conoco Phillips fueling facility, a real estate development company, "I Sold It on eBay" stores, a high-end jet charter company and a magazine marketed toward professional athletes known as Player's Club.


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