The trial of former Swedish video games executive and ex-mafia boss Stefan Eriksson has progressed with the announcement of a mistrial for charges of fraud and grand theft. You may remember that Eriksson was originally arrested after crashing a Ferrari Enzo during a drag race with a McLaren SLR, with the latter plus another black Enzo allegedly stolen from a UK leasing company and illegally imported to America.
Jurors in the case reached a deadlocked 10-2 against Eriksson, who must now face charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm that was found in his Bel-Air home. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney said that the office would attempt to retry Eriksson. The former Gizmondo exec had already pleaded “no contest” to drunken driving charges associated with February’s crash.
Eriksson’s defense argued that their client stopped making payments on the lease for the supercars because his company went broke, not because he was trying to steal them.