Driver sentenced to 9 years for crash that killed Tapout’s co-founder Mask

Friday, February 04, 2011

Second-time drunken driver Jeffrey David Kirby, 53, of Costa Mesa, was sentenced today to nine years in state prison for causing the crash that killed Charles “Mask” David Lewis, Jr., the co-founder of the Huntington Beach-based mixed-martial arts clothing company TapouT.

Before handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge Richard F. Toohey heard victim-impact statements from the late Lewis’ siblings, business partner and the woman who was in the car with Lewis before he died.

TapouT co-founder Dan Calwell described Lewis as an inspiration who had a positive effect on everyone.

Lewis’ brother and sister called him a great sibling and person and described how they are suffering from his loss. His sister added that the world lost a Marine and deputy sheriff.

And Lacy Lynn White, who was in the passenger seat of Lewis’ Ferrari that fateful night, told the judge how the crash negatively impacted her life and how she lost an important person in her life.

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