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WWE Hall of Famer Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch sentenced to 17 years for Florida fatal DUI crash

The former pro wrestler’s blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit when she collided with another car and killed a 75-year-old Florida man last year.
 
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch is escorted to the defense table by Volusia Couty Sheriff's Office bailiffs for her sentencing, Monday at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach for a DUI crash that killed a Florida man in 2022.
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch is escorted to the defense table by Volusia Couty Sheriff's Office bailiffs for her sentencing, Monday at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach for a DUI crash that killed a Florida man in 2022. [ DAVID TUCKER | AP ]
Published Nov. 28, 2023

DAYTONA BEACH — Former pro wrestler Tammy “Sunny” Sytch has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for drunkenly colliding with another car, killing a 75-year-old man, while her blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit, authorities in Florida said.

Sytch, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, pleaded no contest in August to driving under the influence manslaughter and other charges. She also had an unsealed bottle of vodka in her vehicle and cannabis in her system at the time of her arrest in Volusia County in March 2022, authorities said.

WWE Hall of Famer Tammy  "Sunny" Sytch looks around the courtroom during her sentencing, Monday at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach for a DUI crash that killed a Florida man in 2022.
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy "Sunny" Sytch looks around the courtroom during her sentencing, Monday at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach for a DUI crash that killed a Florida man in 2022. [ DAVID TUCKER | AP ]

She had faced up to more than 25 years in prison during her sentencing hearing on Monday. During the hearing, Sytch said she felt remorse and regret “deep in my soul” for killing Julian LaFrancis Lasseter of Daytona Beach.

Sytch, 50, previously had been arrested multiple times from driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, where her driver’s license had been suspended. She didn’t have a Florida driver’s license.

“The defendant’s history of drinking and driving is horrendous,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said in a statement after the sentencing. “It was only a matter of time before her drunk driving killed an innocent and unsuspecting individual.”

Former pro wrestler Tammy “Sunny” Sytch talks with one of her attorneys as she is fingerprinted by Volusia County Sheriff's Office bailiffs following her sentencing Monday at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., for a DUI crash that killed a man in 2022.
Former pro wrestler Tammy “Sunny” Sytch talks with one of her attorneys as she is fingerprinted by Volusia County Sheriff's Office bailiffs following her sentencing Monday at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., for a DUI crash that killed a man in 2022. [ DAVID TUCKER | AP ]

Sytch first signed a contract with the WWE in 1995 and became a fan favorite. She also managed other WWE personalities and did broadcasting.