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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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466.

gammyk    

Man I think some of you people need to lighten the hell up.. Yes it is very sad what happened to his friend,but this slamming Nick hogan is just very bad taste, he will be living with what he has done for the rest of his life..... he is 17 years old, kids make mistakes ,,and the fact is it was a accident,terrible as it was it was still a accident, I have a 17 year old boy and I can only imagine what he would be going through if it were his best friend.. Nick held vigil at the friends hospital bed for days after the wreck, the boys parents had no problem having the hogans around then,seems to me that it wasn't until these ambulance chasing lawyers got involved and realize there was alot of money to be made that they turned on the Hogan family, it was obvious to me that Nick and his family has more than once apologized to this family,anyone to say he hadn't is just wrong... I wish only the best for both these families....

2292 days ago
467.

amy    

no one made john get in the car with nick that day and he also did not have on a seat belt im not sticking up for nick but
john's family needs to look at that too. and i think that it is fair nick does 8 months he still has to live everyday that he did this ti his friend.

2292 days ago
468.

shan    

It isn't the first time i am sure Nick was told by his dad not to drive like a dumb ass. I know kids will be kids, but what if it was my or your son that was in the passenger seat. I sure would hope that being over 16( adult) they would enforce the drag racing or reckless driving laws . Wouldn't you??!!!! 8 months is a slap on the wrist. Would have rather seen maybe 8 months, loss of license for a few years, community service , and some probation added to it.

2291 days ago
469.

tvlova    

loved the live feed and the commentary! Why should they go easy on this kid? Just b/c his father is a star? I like Hulk Hogan but Nick made a huge mistake--one he doesn't seem very sorry for at least. He should pay the price--and it seems like he will now.

2291 days ago
470.

Jaclyn K    

haha...JUSTICE IS SWEET!!!

2291 days ago
471.

ANGELA BLONDELL    

WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR THE WHOLE HOGAN FAMILY- AND WE LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!

2291 days ago
472.

dante    

How much time is the liite smart ass going to serve? 8 months or is he going to get the Celeb Treatment?? Spoiled Punk should have got what he deserved at least 2 years in a Florida Correctional Facility.

2291 days ago
473.

dante    

Nick don't you worry about a thing! Last time i was at County they sold K-Y at the Commissary and if i was you id make getting some a top priority!

2291 days ago
474.

Daniel    

I understand what people are saying about John being older and willingly hangin out w/Nick or whatever. I would agree, but it is the fact that Nick shows no remorse for what happened that makes Nick look really bad!! The fact that he would act bored at the hospital is terrible.. and not apologizing once!! My prayers go out to John and his family.

2291 days ago
475.

LdH    

With money like Nick he should of been driving something better. Try out a GT500 when you get out nick.

2291 days ago
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