Former New York Rangers hothead Sean Avery was discovered guilty of legal mischief Thursday for utilizing a scooter to hit a car that was blocking a motorbike lane in 2019.
The ahead, 42, was sentenced to time served in Manhattan courtroom after a truncated two day trial.
Avery — a fierce protector of bike lanes — was in courtroom for bashing the motive force’s facet door with his scooter at East Eighth Street and Broadway in Greenwich Village on Feb. 23, 2019.
He hit the car belonging enterprise capitalist Jonathan Schulhof, who testified earlier than Judge Marisol Martinez-Alonso Wednesday in regards to the incident.
The decide, who presided over the case and not using a jury, additionally issued orders of safety for all complaining witnesses.
Schulhof instructed the decide that “a very agitated person started screaming vulgarities at me and just telling me, you know, ‘Why don’t you watch where the eff you’re going.”
The businessman, who was within the minivan with his spouse and 4-year-old daughter, testified that Avery cursed him out however “it was very startling, so I don’t really have a great record of exactly what he said.”
After the 2 exchanged phrases, Schulhof then “heard what sounded like a stick of dynamite go off, a really loud boom, and felt the car shaking.”
The assault left a “quarter-sized hole” within the door of the car subsequent to the place Schulhof’s four-year-old daughter was sitting, he mentioned.
Avery, who retired from the NHL in 2012, initially mentioned he was going to symbolize himself in courtroom — in opposition to the decide’s recommendation — however ended up hiring legal protection lawyer Jason Goldman.
Prosecutors supplied Avery a sequence of plea offers, however he didn’t settle for them and as a substitute opted for a trial. He had been going through as much as three months in jail.
Avery instructed The Post following a court appearance in June 2019: “If I need to be the poster boy for defending the bike lanes, I will absolutely do that. We need to be able to just bike in freedom.”
He performed for the New York Rangers for roughly half his 10-year NHL career earlier than hanging up his skates.