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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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76.

Staci    

why are you wasting your time commenting and watching then? what a TACKY family of giant oompalooma's. classy shirt brooke very appropriate for your bro's big day. nick's "blank" face reads jaded rich kid. i hope he gets what he deserves - jail time.

2168 days ago
77.

Queen Bee    

I feel for every one of these people.... this mans son is devastated but his son also got in that car with Nick. John was a marine, made decisions in the military, defended our country but he didn't know better to get in that car? Please.

Yes Nick needs to be punished and punished harshly but everyone from the other side is blaming NICK and ONLY NICK.

2168 days ago
78.

pattie in cali    

the hogans make me sick, look at them, its all about them, i feel so bad for that dad, if this was anyone of us, we be jailed for years, nick has raced his cars more than once, he needs to learn a lesson,

2168 days ago
79.

megn    

Not to blame the poor victim, but he was much older than the Hogan kid and liquored up. He was all for the fun, too. They both are accountable for what happened. He was an adult and Hogan was a kid. I am sorry because Graziano was so gravely injured but all facts need to be addressed. When we are joyriding with our friends, it is ok and everyone is fine until someone gets hurt. Then the finger pointing starts flying. Graziano was an adult, the few years between teenage and 20s is huge.

2168 days ago
80.

Windy    

How ridiculous... comparing a 17-year-old stupidiness to Al Queda. Whatever! No watrworks from me.. this father is full of crap. he isjust laying the grund work fo his Civil Suit. This guy was so great and honorable then why get in the car with a17-year-old that he knew had been drinkn. WHATEVER! This whole thing stinks and not just on Nick's side!

2168 days ago
81.

pattie in cali    

BLESSINS JOHN, AND TO YOUR FAMILY. I AM SORRY TO SEE THIS.

2168 days ago
82.

Smee    

"Prepare for waterworks"?

What the FRICK, tmz. Fire th writer.

2168 days ago
83.

JM    

My son do this, I cut his ear off. He not do it again.

2168 days ago
84.

Mama M    

Nick looks like he's scared only for the fate of his own ass. I hope he gets ever possible punishment for his crimes, He is a waste of space.

2168 days ago
85.

Anonymous    

Dear god, his sisters reading is horrible. . I'm trying not to cry.... I hope Nick serves all 5 years!!

2168 days ago
86.

Heather    

I am sorry for this situtation, but did someone put a gun to John's head and make him get into the car with Nick??????

2168 days ago
87.

Twinker    

Will additional charges be brought against Nick for manslaughter when and if John dies?

2168 days ago
88.

pattie in cali    

nick will never feel the pain, because hes not bathing ,feeding, john, his family is, shame on you nick

2168 days ago
89.

IDIOTS    

"Will additional charges be brought against Nick for manslaughter when and if John dies?"

Absolutely.

To top it all off, this is just the beginning for the Bolea's. The civil trial hinges on the final stance of the judge here today. Nick should serve hard time while the "Hogan's" foot the bill, in the multi millions, to the victim's family.

2168 days ago
90.

me    

WHo put the sound on fast forward when John's girlfriend got up there.

Is she seriously talking that fast? Cause she's got a great future in autioneering.

2168 days ago
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