Former No. 1 pick Matt Bush to serve three years in prison

mattbushMatt Bush was the No. 1 draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2004. On Tuesday he will accept a plea deal that will send him to jail for at least three years according to the Tampa Bay Times.

After failing to make it to the majors as a position player, Bush was attempting a switch to pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays.

On March 22 he ran into a motorcyclist. The accident left 72-year-old Tony Tufano with serious injuries. Tufano stayed in an intensive care unit for weeks after suffering broken bones in his back and ribs as well as a collapsed lung.

Bush was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. The legal case involving Bush is set to end, the Tampa Bay Times reports the following:

Attorney Russell Kirshy declined to offer specifics on the agreement, at least until Tuesday’s court hearing. But Bush’s father, Daniel, said it will involve a prison sentence of at least three years, not including the time already served.

“He’s taking it pretty good,” Daniel Bush said. “He’s not crying or sulking. He’s preparing for it. Everybody in our family is backing him up.”

The Tufano family has filed a $5 million civil lawsuit against Bush and Rays minor league outfielder Brandon Guyer. Guyer owned the Dodge Durango that Bush was driving.

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