Former professional wrestling star Tamara Lynn Sytch, known by her ring name “Sunny,” has been handed a prison sentence exceeding 17 years for a fatal DUI crash that claimed the life of a 75-year-old man. The sentence, pronounced by Judge Karen A. Foxman, includes a deduction of 566 days for time already served and an additional eight years of probation following her release.
On a fateful day in March 2022, Sytch was involved in a devastating incident in Volusia County, Florida, where her vehicle collided with Julian Lafrancis Lasseter’s car, which was stationary at a traffic signal. Her blood alcohol content was reported to be .280, a figure significantly above Florida’s legal limit. The collision tragically resulted in Lasseter’s immediate death and minor injuries to four individuals in another vehicle.
Sytch, who has faced DUI charges on multiple occasions across different states, addressed the court with an apology to Lasseter’s family, acknowledging her grave misjudgment. Her defense team argued for probation to facilitate her rehabilitation, whereas the prosecution cited her recurrent offenses as an indicator of potential non-compliance with legal stipulations.
The former wrestling manager’s career spanned the 1990s to early 2000s, a period of heightened popularity for the industry, during which she worked with major promotions such as WWE, WCW, and ECW.
The loss of Lasseter has deeply affected the community, as he was remembered for his altruistic nature and zest for life, often quoted saying “I’m on God’s plan,” a testament to his faith and charitable spirit.