- A former wrestler pleaded guilty after causing a fatal collision in Florida in 2022
- Tests revealed her blood-alcohol level was three-and-a-half times above the limit
- The Hall of Famer’s sentencing of up to 25 years will be at 9am on November 27
A former WWE Attitude Era star will be sentenced with up to 25 years in prison at the end of the month after pleading guilty to multiple charges including DUI manslaughter.
Tammy Lynn Sytch, more commonly known by her WWE ring name ‘Sunny’, will be sentenced at 9am on November 27 after causing a fatal collision with 75-year-old Julian Lasseter in Ormond Beach, Florida back in March 2022.
The former professional wrestler, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, caused the major road accident after crashing her Mercedes Benz into the rear of a Kia Sorento, which was stationary at a red traffic light.
Witnesses, reporting that Sytch had been travelling at high speed, watched Lasseter’s stopped vehicle strike a third car after the initial collision. The victim tragically passed away after he was rushed to the hospital.
Toxicology tests revealed that Sytch’s blood-alcohol level was three-and-a-half times above the lawful limit. She was also driving without a valid licence.
Tammy Lynn Sytch, more commonly known by her WWE ring name ‘Sunny’, will be sentenced at 9am on November 27 after pleading guilty to multiple charges including DUI manslaughter
Julian Lasseter, 75, died from his injuries on March 25 following a fatal traffic collision in Ormond Beach, Florida, caused by Sytch, police said
Despite initially entering a plea of nolo contendere, a conviction without admitting guilt or fault, Sytch pleaded guilty to numerous charges including: DUI causing death (DUI Manslaughter); causing death while operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked licence; four counts of DUI causing injury; and three counts of DUI causing property damage.
DUI Manslaughter, a third-degree felony in Florida, is the most severe charge and carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years, attached with four years minimum jail time and a fine as high as $10,000 (£8,133).
The police report released to MailOnline in April last year claimed that Sytch had been ‘driving at a high rate of speed’ before the collision.
The former wrestler held at least six other DUI arrests prior to the 2022 incident in Florida, including a 2019 charge in New Jersey for driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
She was also arrested five times in less than a month in 2012 for a variety of charges, including third-degree burglary and disorderly conduct.
Sytch rose to fame in the 1990s for wrestling as Sunny during the Attitude Era years of WWF
She had a history of legal problems (reckless driving, right) prior to the fatal accident last year
Sytch has been in and out of jail in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for several parole violations.
Last year, she was arrested in New Jersey after allegedly trying to stab a lover with a pair of scissors, according to the Post and Courier. She was charged with unlawfully possessing a weapon and making terroristic threats.
Sytch rose to fame in the 1990s for wrestling as Sunny during the Attitude Era of WWF, before the entertainment industry rebranded to WWE. She went on to become one of the first ‘Divas’ in WWE and is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the history of the franchise.
The American, who during her 26-year wrestling career had opened up about her struggles with drug abuse, was previously in a long-term relationship with fellow wrestler Chris Candido, who died in 2005 aged 33.