Did Ryan LeVin Buy His Way Out Of Prison?
|Broward Sheriff's Office|
Judge Barbara McCarthy sentenced LeVin to two years house arrest, ten years probation, and 1,000 hours of community service for making roadkill out of two British tourists in a hit-and-run on Fort Lauderdale's Seabreeze Boulevard in 2009.
Well-connected Broward lawyer J. David Bogenschutz may be the man to thank for that.
Bogenschutz, 67, is the go-to guy for the rich and famous -- and those in political office -- when they get into legal trouble.
He's defended former New York Yankees star Jim Leyritz, former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne, the son of billionaire and former Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, and Eleanor Adderly, the wife of former Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderly, among others.
Bogenschutz always seems to manage lighter-than-expected sentences for his clients in criminal cases, but that comes with a price.
He won't discuss how much LeVin payed him, but he did tell the Sun-Sentinel in 2010 he "might earn in the six figures" for a murder trial -- which he's probably low-balling.
Sources tell New Times that former Deerfield Beach Mayor Al Capellini is paying Bogenschutz more than $200,000 to fight off a corruption charge.
So while Bogenschutz managed to convince a judge that LeVin being grounded for two years was an appropriate sentence, we want to hear from you -- did LeVin buy his way out of prison?
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