Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch pleads no contest to DUI causing death, could face up to 25 years in prison

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A no contest plea from Tammy Sytch. 

Wednesday, August 16th, Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch pleaded no contest to a D.U.I. that caused the death of 75-year-old Julian Lasseter, and to other charges. She could be facing up to 25.5 years in prison when she is formally sentenced. 

The Daytona Beach News-Journal was present in court for the hearing. The WWE Hall of Famer pled not guilty in May 2022 to the same charges that resulted in a fatality in Ormond Beach, Florida. She changed her plea after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. 

She has been held without bond at Volusia County Branch Jail since May of last year. When asked what her plea was, she responded, ‘No contest.’ When questioned, Sytch mentioned that she had been diagnosed with PTSD. 

At the time of the accident, Sytch’s blood alcohol level was .280 which is three times the legal limit of 0.8 in the state of Florida. THC was detected in her blood, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Sytch was also charged with one count of driving with a suspended/revoked license and causing death/serious injury. Those are both felonies and the first charge is a second-degree, punishable by up to 15 years while the second charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Sytch was also charged with four counts of D.U.I. with ‘damage to person’, two counts of that charge with ‘damage to property’. As a part of the agreement, Sytch would be sentenced to time-served on those six counts and the sentences would run simultaneously. She must serve a four-year sentence. Her representatives said they planned to call one or two possible experts to testify on Sytch’s behalf at the sentencing.

Assistant Public Defender Jessica Lindsey Roberts added that she would file a motion arguing why Sytch should receive a lower sentence than what is listed in the sentencing guidelines. 

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