Hey, who says big name Hollywood types always get off easy? Oscar-winning writer/director Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, The Rules of Attraction) has been sentenced to a year in prison this week following his involvement in a 2008 car crash that resulted in the death of a passenger. He was driving home in Southern California at night when he lost control of the car and crashed into a telephone pole at over 100 mph. His wife was ejected from the car and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, while his friend Andreas Zini was killed. Avary also received five years probation after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving.
Granted, Avary is from from a “big name” in Hollywood, and apparently the maximum sentence was 12 years, but either way, he is definitely going to do some hard time. Avary’s most recent screenwriting credit was for Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf, which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman. He also is working on a Return to Castle Wolfenstein movie, and the sequel to Silent Hill.