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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.
552 COMMENTS

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31.

Jary    

I smell a plea bargain, based on that Nicks attorney just had the other atty sign something.

2255 days ago
32.

Oh man    

Pleading "either not guilty or no contest?" Funny, I thought it would be GUILTY or no contest.

Fire your writer.

2255 days ago
33.

oilergirl94    

throw the book at this douchebag hes underage for drinking and this was part of the problem someone has to be punished and nick hogan has to grow the f up. As for his father he should set the example and obviously hes not and when is it appropriate to wear his stupid head gear. douchebag family

2255 days ago
34.

ash    

first off, the screaming is coming from the fact that tmz has 2 things streaming on their website...not hard to figure out unless you're a moron. they have this streaming and a festival streaming. secondly, don't feel bad for anyone in this court room by saying that they must not have expected to see this when they showed up to court today. they're sitting in on nick's hearing, of course they should expect it. it's not like tmz is broadcasting some random's court hearing....

2255 days ago
35.

Liz    

Pray!

2255 days ago
36.

W T F ?    

Get read of those screamers so we can hear what is being said in court.

2255 days ago
37.

Jary    

They are asking for 6 to 12 months in jail. OUCH!!!

2255 days ago
38.

Liz    

The screams are coming from another post..............AI! Just mute it!!!!

2255 days ago
39.

He's Boring now    

The dude is going to get at least 6 months in county jail according to what I''m hearing here. And maybe up to a year...but no State Prison time...whatever, you can get cornheld in county as easy if not easier than in state prison.

Hulks kid just got punk'd.

Than Hulks estate will get punkd in civil court...this guy fricked up big time

2255 days ago
40.

Liz    

Does anyone know who the strawberry blonde is sitting next to Hulk?

2255 days ago
41.

Twinker    

Can anyone read the title of the book in front of Hulk?

2255 days ago
42.

just wondering    

praying to the judge, pathetic. Poor John.

2255 days ago
43.

Ms_Tell_It_Like_It_Is    

OMG, how TACKY and INAPPROPRIATE could any family be? His sister with bare shoulders and Hulk wearing a friggin BANDANA in a courtroom, aerious lack of respect to the court and in many places, unacceptable dress in a court room. I hope this little self serving weenie gets aa much as the judge can throw at him.

2255 days ago
44.

younglove    

send him away!!!!!!!

2255 days ago
45.

Windy    

Please... Nick needs to be punishedbut this was no BOY that was injured it was a 21-year-old allowing a 17-year-old to drive the way he did. As a 21-year-old and also member of the Armed Forces this guy should have some responsibility for this too... but because he got hurt he is innocent. The whole thing was messed up but if the "victim" had acted like a responsible adult insted of like a 17-year-old he wouldn't be the victim rigt now. Nick needs to be punished but he's not the only one.

2255 days ago
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