For the time being, Nick Hogan has to serve his time solo.
Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan’s 17-year-old son (born Nick Bollea) — who was sentenced to eight months behind bars last month for the role he’d played in an August car crash that left his friend John Graziano critically injured — got some more bad news Tuesday (June 3).
A judge denied a motion from Bollea’s attorneys to have him moved from solitary confinement at the Pinellas County Jail in Largo, Florida, according to The Associated Press. Officials had segregated him from the jail’s general population because he is a minor. Bollea, who was featured prominently in the VH1 reality series “Hogan Knows Best,” was convicted in adult court.
His attorneys had put in the request — to adjust the conditions of his confinement — because being in solitary is allegedly causing him “unbearable anxiety,” the wire service reported. The motion suggested Bollea be placed under house arrest with an ankle monitoring device until his 18th birthday on July 27, or that he be moved into one of the jail’s minimum-security cells.
His lawyers argued that Bollea spends up to 17 hours a day alone and does not have access to amenities like educational programs.
After pleading no contest to the charges of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury last month, Bollea was ordered to serve eight months in jail. He was also slapped with a probationary period of five years and 500 hours of community service. He must also surrender his driving privileges for three years and complete a DUI school within one year of his release from prison.
In November, Bollea was charged for the August 26 crash in Clearwater, Florida, which left passenger Graziano, a former U.S. Marine, permanently brain-damaged after sustaining a broken skull. According to police, Bollea was driving his Toyota Supra at a high speed in a race against a Dodge Viper when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a raised median. The car reportedly flipped over, and the rear of the vehicle collided with a palm tree.
The judge’s denial of the motion came less than 24 hours after Bollea’s lawyers filed a suit against the Pinellas County sheriff, claiming that jail officials violated the minor’s privacy by releasing recordings of telephone conversations he’d had with his parents to the media.