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Nick Hogan Gets Eight Months in the Slammer

5/9/2008 4:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Hogan threw himself at the mercy of the judge today in Clearwater, FL in his felony reckless driving case -- and he got just a lil' bit. Hogan was sentenced to eight months in jail, five years' probation and 500 hours community service, and the judge yanked his license for three years.


His victim -- and once best bud -- John Graziano's family had asked for a year in the slammer, but the judge didn't go quite that far. Nick apologized to the family in his statement, which, according to the Grazianos, would've been the first time he'd ever done so.

John's sister and girlfriend gave particularly heart-wrenching testimony -- the latter told the judge how she had to feed him and how they have to watch movies together in the comfort ... of his hospital bed.

UPDATE 3:49 ET: And it looks like they're taking him away. No reaction at all from Nick.

UPDATE 3:47 ET: And here's the sentence ... EIGHT MONTHS IN PINELLAS COUNTY JAIL, STARTING RIGHT NOW. Nick was totally expressionless.

UPDATE 3:45 ET:
Judge withholds adjudication!!! But judge points out that sorry ain't the hardest word here ...

UPDATE 3:40 ET: And now, the big ones: adjudication and incarceration. Did you see that big gulp that Nick just took?

UPDATE 3:39 ET:
Judge yanks his driver's license for three years. And no drinkin' -- but as the judge points out, he's not 21, and won't be for over three years.

UPDATE 3:37 ET:
Here we go: Five years probation, 100 hours of community service per year, one full day in "some positive framework" every month. Sounds a lot less when you put it that way.

UPDATE 3:35 ET:
Not for nuthin', but judge sure seems to like to feel the silky-shiny-smooth skin of his face and scalp. Rub away, Your Honor!

UPDATE 3:29 ET:
Judge Federico says this wasn't "an accident" and that Nick's driving behavior was "cavalier." Not looking good for Nick, if he's reading the judicial tea leaves.

UPDATE 3:27 ET: We're through with statements and evidence. Now we await the judge's decision, and we're getting a lil' judicial headscratching, literally...

UPDATE 3:26 ET:
Weinberg says that Nick's being sued for more money than the Hogan family has. Weinberg says that this is like two sons getting into a car accident together, and asks the judge not to adjudicate. And, finally, he's done.

UPDATE 3:20 ET:
Slightly superfluous Latin legal jargon update: Weinberg keeps saying "nolo" to refer to the plea, as in "nolo contendere," which translates into, roughly, "I do not wish to contest."

UPDATE 3:15 ET:
He just said Nick "lost" the companionship of his best friend. Attention: John's not dead!

UPDATE 3:08 ET:
Sandy Weinberg is blathering on, trying to cushion the blow for Nick. Really, guy? Even your co-counsel Kevin Hayslett looks like he's ready for you to get on with it.

UPDATE 3:06 ET:
Ok, who told Brooke Hogan that it was reasonable to wear something from the Fredericks of Hollywood collection to court?

UPDATE 3:03 ET:
Nick turns to the Grazianos and apologizes to them, and says he "loved John to death" and that he hasn't driven since August 26, 2007, the night of the crash.

UPDATE 3:00 ET:
That guy's done, and now it's Nick's turn.

UPDATE 2:55 ET:
Sean Schumura runs The National Wave, a charity for which Hulk -- as it so happens -- is the spokesmeathead. He says Nick worked for them, and -- chamber music claps -- didn't take his $150 per day stipend.

UPDATE 2:52 ET:
Nick's mom gets up ... and that's a wedding ring on her left hand!!! Uh, what? (Linda and Hulk are in the middle of a nuclear divorce -- she filed last November.) She says Nick "never meant" to hurt John.

UPDATE 2:49 ET:
Dept. of Excuuuuse Me?: Hulk busts his own show: "People think it's reality, but it's scripted!"

UPDATE 2:45 ET:
The Hulk -- Terry Bollea's his real name -- steps up: He repeats that John G. was "like a son" and that they went on family trips. Hulk says they sent John PowerBars to Iraq.

UPDATE 2:42 ET:
John's mom says, quite eloquently, "I'm not seeking revenge, only justice." And the family and state's witnesses are done.

UPDATE 2:36 ET:
Amazing -- the mom is totally holding it together in front of the judge! John's mom Debra Graziano quite resolutely that Nick doesn't seem apologetic -- and begs the judge to find Nick guilty.

UPDATE 2:32 ET:
Nick is an idiot, part 879: Ashley says that Nick's license plate COEHSP stands for "Capable of Eluding High Speed Pursuit." Not anymore.

UPDATE 2:27 ET:
Ashley Berry, John's girlfriend, is speaking -- trying her best to, at least. She says they were together for seven years. She describes having to watch a movie with him in his hospital bed -- and not knowing if he can hear or understand anything.

UPDATE 2:25 ET:
Now up, John's sister Christian Carson. She says that sometimes she tries to call him, and breaks down when she realizes she can't. Tough. And she says that Nick has never apologized for the crash.

UPDATE 2:21 ET:
Ed Graziano says that Hulk and Linda haven't been there for John, now or even before, even though they claim he was like a "brother" to Nick. Ed asks the judge to throw the book at him.

UPDATE 2:18 ET:
And Ed Graziano continues, saying that he spends 10 hours a day at the hospital with John, and that John will spend the rest of his life with mental and physical disabilities. Hulk is peering over at the Graziano family. Ed says that when Nick went to the hospital to see John, he looked totally bored, and even shot dart guns and skateboarded around the hospital! OMG!

UPDATE 2:14 ET:
Prepare for waterworks ... here's the victim's dad, Ed Graziano. He tells the judge about John's decorated service in the Marines. And he says, "What al Qaeda couldn't do to my son, Nick did in a matter of minutes."

UPDATE 2:12 ET:
The State wants Nick to admit that this wasn't an accident. Moreover, the prosecution -- through the family -- wants him to do 5 years of probation and 500 hours of community service,

UPDATE 2:09 ET:
Rosenwasser shows the judge the twisted remains of the yellow Supra, and says that Nick's speed on that fateful night was "totally unacceptable," especially given Nick's driving record.

UPDATE 2:03 ET:
We're told that they're watching post-crash video as well as "very graphic" footage of Nick's buddy John Graziano right after the accident. Nick's face tells the story too.

UPDATE 1:56 ET:
The judge, Nick, and his lawyers are watching a videotape.

UPDATE 1:55 ET: The plea of no contest is entered.
Now, the tough part -- the judge will listen to testimony and look at evidence to make a decision on Nick's actual sentence.

UPDATE 1:53 ET:
And here comes the big plea -- 17-year-old Nick raises his hand, says he's a literate human being with a GED, not under the influence of booze or drugs, is OK with his lawyer, blah blah blah ... and is about to plea no contest with a year of county jail and five years of probation.

UPDATE 1:48 ET
: There's a book called "The Power of Now" in front of Hulk -- it's called "A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" and it's by Eckhard Tolle. Nick looks like he'll need some of that.

UPDATE 1:43 ET
: Nick's lawyer asks the court if Nick can do any probation in California -- there doesn't seem to be any objection from the judge or the state of Florida.

UPDATE 1:41 ET
: The Hulkster is praying, and his wife keeps looking over at the Grazianos. Awkward city. The lawyers are conferring with Nick and Hulk as to what he would do.

UPDATE 1:38 ET
: Nick's lawyer seems to be simpatico with up to a year of jail time, and then some form of probation up to five years, and a no contest plea.

UPDATE 1:36 ET
: The State says that the victim's family -- the Grazianos -- are asking for a year's jail sentence, and that's what they are asking for.

UPDATE 1:31 ET
: Here's Your Honor, Judge Philip Federico -- all rise.

UPDATE 1:28 ET
: And there's Nick, and sister Brooke. Nick's wearing a gray suit, and Brooke -- well, she's got bare shoulders. We're told the entire Graziano family is in the house on the other side as well. Uncomfortable to say the least.

UPDATE 1:24 ET
: Hulk, Nick, and family have arrived, and they're about to enter the ring.
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16.

Debbie    

I think nick is a spoiled rotton kid, that think he can drive, and its too bad that people like him exist, the family makes me sick. I wish the best to the victim, (John), and all his love ones.

2264 days ago
17.

Felicia    

That guys family is only out for the money. They know damn well they want revenge, which is ridiculous, what Al Quida couldnt do to their kid, he did to himself getting in the car. And of course it was a accident, and I dont beleive for one minute he hasnt said he was sorry. Come on, thats bs. They should be mad at their kid, not Nick, I am sure that J was egging him on and telling him to go faster, he was older and supposedly more mature because he was in the service?..His dad saying that makes me wanna puke. Try being a little bit more dramatic. Be mad at your son, not Nick. Their is no victim here, just stupid kids making stupid decisions. There should have been no jail time, he should have not been able to drive for a long time, probabtion, and 1/2 medical expenses, because it was the other guys fault too. You know he probably wasnt wearing a seat belt, but that family seems like they will try to bury that info. They talk about how bad the Hogans are, they seem a lot worse. It wasnt an accident?...Good God. That is just sickening, They know damn well it was, they just want the MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!

2255 days ago
18.

josh    

TMZ is pathetic and I hope you go belly up in the coming years.

2296 days ago
19.

puppy balls rock    

FRIST YOU DUMMIES. WHERE IS DA HULKK>?>?

2296 days ago
20.

Rynne    

It is so not right to tape these people.. i feel bad for the people who had court on that day. the last thing i bet they were expecting is this!

2296 days ago
21.

Rynne    

I wonder if they are told that this is being sent live web cast.

2296 days ago
22.

just wondering    

wasn't expecting livestream for this today, nice treat!

2296 days ago
23.

Lucy Phoenix    

Who the hell is doing all the screaming? It's a court not a festival.

2296 days ago
24.

Nicole    

you feel bad for the hogans???? puhlease! what about the family of the boy he seriously injured?

2296 days ago
25.

JAckie    

why are there girls screaming??/ isn't this a court room? Im so confused,...

2296 days ago
26.

just wondering    

ur not supposed to wear hats to crt, the scarf wouldn't be appropriate at all on Hogans head, wonder if he has enough brains left to figure it out.

2296 days ago
27.

Liz    

How many attornies does he have?

2296 days ago
28.

bob-o    

FRY HIS LITTLE PUNK ASS BROTHERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2296 days ago
29.

Jary    

What the heck is his sister wearing, could she atleast bought a nice pant suit for the hearing.

2296 days ago
30.

He's Boring now    

Hey Hulk---no hats or headgear in the courtroom please. Take it off.

My anus hurts just thinking about what will happen to this kid.

2296 days ago
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