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Pulp Fiction, Roger Avary

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He won't be walking the Earth like Caine in Kung Fu anytime soon.

Roger Avary, the screenwriter who nabbed an Academy Award cowriting Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino, has been sentenced to a year in jail stemming from a fatal 2008 drunken-driving accident that took the life of a friend.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Edward Bordie also gave Avary five years' probation and ordered him to enroll in a DUI education program. Bordie justified the relatively light punishment by stating that 44-year-old filmmaker had shown remorse and had no criminal background.

After initially pleading innocent last December, Avary changed his mind and pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving.

According to police, he was driving over 100 mph when he lost control of his Mercedes and slammed into a telephone pole. The crash killed his passenger, Andreas Zini, a friend visiting from Italy. Avary's wife was ejected from the car and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Where was the Wolf when he needed him?

Avary also penned 2006's Silent Hill and 2007's Beowulf, and directed 1994's Killing Zoe.


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