On October 21, Nick Hogan will be a free man again, after serving five months of his eight-month sentence.
While media reports have largely reacted to the news with surprise, according to Morris “Sandy” Weinberg Jr., the lawyer representing the son of former wrestler Hulk Hogan, the release date is not a new development. He said that they’ve long known that his client (born Nick Bollea) would be released from Pinellas County Jail in Largo, Florida, on that date, despite the 18-year-old being sentenced in May to eight months’ hard time — and five years’ probation — for his role in an August 2007 car crash that left his best friend, John Graziano, critically injured and in a vegetative state.
“That’s not early, that’s when he would normally be released, once you figure in good time and all that,” Hogan’s lawyer explained. “When you calculate good time, which everybody that’s there that doesn’t get in trouble [is granted], they come up with a date, and we’ve known that date literally since the day that he went in. October 21 is the day that we expect he will be released, but that’s because of good time and all that.”
Hogan pleaded no contest to charges of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury after he was arrested in November. Upon his release, Hogan will serve 500 hours of community service and must also surrender his driving privileges for three years. A judge has also ordered Hogan to complete a DUI school within one year of his release from prison and prohibited the teenager from drinking alcohol of any kind.
The accident left Graziano, a former U.S. Marine, permanently brain-damaged; he sustained a broken skull in the crash. 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.