Nick Bollea was sentenced to eight months in Florida’s Pinellas County Jail for felony reckless driving Thursday after pleading no contest in in court.
A judge also handed down five years probation, 500 hours of community service and a three-year drivers license revocation. Nick will not be able to drink for the duration of his probation, and will attend DUI education classes within one year.
The 17-year-old donned a light colored suit to Pinellas County Court and stared straight ahead as the sentence was read.
Sitting behind him was a black-clad Hulk, who prayed during the proceedings and grew teary-eyed, sister Brooke, who wore a top with the shoulders cut out and Hulk's soon-to-be ex-wife, Linda.
Nick was arrested last November on reckless-driving charges stemming from an August 26 crash. An eyewitness told police that Bollea and a pal were drag racing upwards of 100 mph when Nick’s yellow Toyota Supra slammed into a palm tree. Two hours after the crash, alcohol was detected in his bloodstream.
John Graziano, who was in Bollea's passenger seat and not wearing a seat belt, was seriously injured. A report filed in court in September said he likely spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home.
"My life now consists of 10 hours each day at a hospital watching my son suffer," John's father said in a statement during today’s court proceedings. "Nick has shown no remorse for what he's done for my son.
Added John's sister: "We have never once heard him apologize for what he's done or take any responsibility for any of his actions."
Hulk told the court he loved John “like a son,” and Nick told the Graziano family that he “loved John to death” and hadn’t driven since the night of the crash.
“I think there has to be some punishment,” the judge said, disagreeing with the defense claiming the crash was an accident. “But I believe there is a sincere desire, a sincere apology, to change things...[but] there are consequences for what you do in these circumstances.”
Nick will next appear in court November 11 to address restitution to the family.