Days of our Lives fan favorite Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) was back in Ohio today for his sentencing in the vehicular assault case stemming back from the incident in October of 2014, when Smith crashed the car he was driving along with the passenger, Alyssa Tabit, his girlfriend.
Smith, who was leaving a wedding reception crashed his vehicle, in which Tabit sustained the more serious injuries of the two. Upon investigation, police found that Smith was over the legal limit for alcohol in the state of Ohio with a blood alcohol level at .093.
During the sentencing today at Ashtabula County Common Pleas court, prosecutors recommended two years of community control and a driver’s license suspension. The judge agreed. Smith was also sentenced to three days in jail, but that is suspended if he completes DUI school in Ohio. However, if Smith violates any laws in the future, he will have to serve a 12 month jail sentence.
In addition, as part of his probation, Smith will do lectures to local high school students about the dangers of driving drunk.
19 Action News reporter Scott Taylor was on the scene today, and spoke with Freddie outside the courtroom, where the DAYS actor related: “It was very selfish and I am very sorry for doing it.” Smith had previously plead guilty to the charges. He went on to thank his supporters as well, stating: “Today was very nerve-racking and to hear all the support from fans, friends and family has really helped me stay strong and I really appreciate it.”
Later, Taylor asked Smith just how Alyssa Tabit is recovering from the injuries she sustained. Freddie replied: “She is doing absolutely fantastic. She has a couple more weeks of physical therapy and she will be back good as new.” Tabit was also in court today and spoke to the judge to help Freddie’s case.
Watch the Action 19 news segment on Freddie’s sentencing, which also features Smith talking outside the courtroom after the jump. Then weigh-in: Was the sentence that the judge handed down to Freddie, appropriate or disproportionate, for breaking the law? Happy to hear that as of now, no jail time for Freddie? Comment below!