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Kirby Found Guilty in Mask’s Death

Written on December 09, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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An Orange County, Calif. jury today convicted a man involved in a 2009 car crash that killed TapouT co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis. Jeffrey David Kirby will face a maximum of 13 years in prison.

Based on the papers released by Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Jeffrey David is convicted guilty in a 2009 car-crash that killed co-founder, Charles “” Lewis. Kirby will face a maximum of 13 years in prison on one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act, with gross negligence while intoxicated.

According to the release, the culprit was speeding his 1977 Porsche along Mask’s 2004 Ferrari on March 11, 2009. Kirby lost control of his car and hit Mask’s, which crashed into a cement light pole and was torn in half. The convicted 53 years old stopped his car for a while, but fled the scene. Mask’s girlfriend, Lacy Lynn White, was also in the car during the accident. She was seriously injured after being ejected from the car.

A Newport Police Officer apprehended Kirby and a female companion after they were caught leaving from a nearby parking lot. The officer said that Kirby seems to be under the influence of alcohol, with a .13 percent of blood-alcohol level two hours after the crash. His sentencing will take place on February 4, at the Central Justice Center in Sta, Ana, California.

The sad news caused an outpour of shock and grief from the MMA community. Charles “Mask” Lewis founded the TapouT Clothing Inc. in 1997. Over the past decades, he and his friends have made the company the biggest apparel success story in MMA.

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