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Manslaughter Conviction

in Deadly TapouT Crash

12/8/2010 7:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The man accused of causing the gruesome Ferrari crash that killed the owner of the TapouT MMA clothing line was just found guilty of manslaughter -- and now faces 13 years behind bars.

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53-year-old Jeffrey David Kirby was convicted today of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated -- a felony -- for causing the high speed crash that killed TapouT founder Charles "Mask" Lewis back in March 2009.

As we first reported, Lewis' $300,000 Ferrari was ripped in half after it careened off an Orange County road -- hitting a light pole, and killing him nearly instantly.

Kirby faces a maximum of 13 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for February next year.



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1.

Digger    

Prison? The guy should get a reward.

1385 days ago
2.

Ann    

Lock him up forever.

1385 days ago
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vindog    

He should have done it in Florida, you only get 30 days for vehicular manslaughter there.

1385 days ago
4.

viktor    

Doesn't this guy look like Joker Obummer with smaller teeth?
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1385 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Caused the accident? Did this guy run him off the road? Mask's inability to drive like Mario Andretti while intoxicated is a more likely cause, and no one forced him to do it.

1385 days ago
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kev    

Too bad it couldnt of happened BEFORE he created TAPOUT

1384 days ago
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Angie    

Good to know that Mr. Kirby was convicted -- I've been following the case and its infuriating that grown men like him race around with their shiny sports cars under the influence of alcohol and when the inevitable accident does finally happen, deny liability and say "it wasn't their fault". Unfortunately, when you choose to drink and drive or race, anything that happens because of your negligence and recklessness is on your head.

http://www.mesrianilaw.com/Auto-Accident.html

1384 days ago
8.

Doug    

Kev is right, too bad this didn't happen before he created a multi million dollar business, that not only helped grow a sport, but also helped thousands, THOUSANDS, of fighters out of their own pocket. Why do people hate successful people so much? Does your life really suck that much? The man started a t-shirt company out of the back of his truck over 10 years ago, merely to make a buck and to help support a sport he loved. Now, its an empire. They sponsor fighters that have no money. Give them exposure. Anybody who knew Charles, knew what kind of an amazing individual he was. It is really disheartening to hear such spiteful people. It blows my mind how hateful people can be, especially with someone that had no direct negative effect on them. F*cking baffling!

1384 days ago
9.

Shane!    

I think it's dumb you can go to jail for having an ACCIDENT!
Now if the guy meant to kill him with the car, that's a different story.

The law ruins so many lives just because of an accident.

1384 days ago
10.

FlamingoNut    

I recall reading that they were racing. Did Kirby in fact hit the Ferrari, or is he just guilty by association? Just asking.

1384 days ago
11.

T. Bag Jones    

Why is it Kirby's fault that Lewis can't handle his Ferrari? If Lewis was racing and crashed that's his own fault.

1384 days ago
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T. Bag Jones    

Why is it Kirby's fault that Lewis can't handle his Ferrari? If Lewis was racing and crashed that's his own fault.

1384 days ago
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Doug    

Now I don't condone with racing, or agree with the law. However from what I remember, Kirby was under the influence at the time of the crash and actually hit Mask's car, which then hit a pole.

I agree with @Shane though, it was an ACCIDENT. Even if he was under the influence, there was no premeditation to kill Charles. To send him behind bars for over a decade is not right. Its crazy, this happens..Kirby gets 13 years. MJ dies, Dr. Murray gets nothing. Something is off here.

1384 days ago
14.

Alex    

@ Doug,

You took the words right out of my mouth... spot on.

1383 days ago

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