And you thought Elijah Dukes had trouble with the law . . .

Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced today to three years in prison after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig refused to allow him to withdraw a no-contest plea.

The charges were for a grand theft auto case in which Dykstra and two co-defendants were accused of leasing high end automobiles with credit from phony businesses before reselling the vehicles. Police reportedly found cocaine, ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone at Dykstra’s home when they arrested him on these charges last April.

In addition, Dykstra is scheduled to go to trial again this summer on separate federal bankruptcy charges. He’s also recently pleaded not guilty to indecent exposure charges after allegedly exposing himself to women he met through Craigslist.

He’s sort of like Jose Canseco, but more evocative of fear than pity