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Man sentenced in death of TapouT founder

A Costa Mesa man was sentenced to nine years in prison on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, for a crash that killed the founder of the TapouT clothing line.

February 5, 2011 12:10:57 AM PST
A Costa Mesa man was sentenced to nine years in prison for a crash that killed the founder of the TapouT clothing line.

The sentencing of 53-year-old Jeffrey Kirby comes two months after he was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in the crash that killed 45-year-old Charles "Mask" Lewis in March 2009.

Prosecutors say Kirby had been drinking and speeding when his Porsche collided with Lewis's Ferrari in Newport Beach. Lewis died moments after impact.

A woman who was ejected from the Ferrari was injured in the crash, and a woman in the Porsche was initially arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

Lewis co-founded TapouT in 1997.

City News Service contributed to this report.