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Lane Garrison Ordered to Undergo 90-Day Psychiatric Test

Aug 02, 2007 | 12:17pm EDT

A judge has ordered Prison Break star Lane Garrison to undergo a 90-day psychiatric evaluation in a prison before he is sentenced for driving under the influence in a 2006 crash which killed a teenage boy.

Garrison has pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, driving under the influence and providing alcohol to a minor.

In December 2006, Vahagn Setian was a passenger in Garrison's Land Rover when the actor lost control of the vehicle and crashed after leaving a pre-Christmas party. The 17-year-old was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

During a hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, Judge Elden S. Fox ruled that he needed to see the results of a "diagnostic" test on Garrison before deciding his sentence.

Judge Fox also told the actor he has no interest in his celebrity.

He said, "The fact that you may have some notoriety, I don't really care."

Earlier in the day, the victim's father, Karen Setian, told the court that he feared a new TV advertisement Garrison has filmed warning against the perils of driving under the influence is nothing more than an attempt to get a lighter sentence.

Setian said, "He is an actor, and he is acting. Let's not fall for his act."

Garrison faces a maximum prison sentence of six years and eight months at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 31.


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