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Ferrari crash Swede jailed

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A Swedish former gangster who wrecked a rare, one-million-dollar Ferrari in a high-speed car crash was jailed Tuesday for three years by a Los Angeles court.

Stefan Eriksson pleaded no contest to charges of embezzlement, days after a jury had failed to agree a verdict on charges he had stolen two Ferrari Enzos and a top-end Mercedes-Benz.

Eriksson, known in Sweden as "Tjock Steffe" or "Fat Steffe", was caught after he wrote off one of the Enzos in a 160 mile per hour (257 kilometer per hour) crash near the exclusive celebrity enclave of Malibu in February.

The car – one of only 400 made and the most expensive Ferrari on the market – was severed in two after slamming into a power pole. Eriksson walked away unscathed from the crash.

Prosecutors said Eriksson stole the three cars after leasing from a British company and shipping them to the United States.

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