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Days of our Lives Star Freddie Smith Sentenced In Vehicular Assault Case

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Days of our Lives fan favorite Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) was back in Ohio today for his sentencing in the vehicular assault case stemming back from the incident in October of 2014, when Smith crashed the car he was driving along with the passenger, Alyssa Tabit, his girlfriend.

Smith, who was leaving a wedding reception crashed his vehicle, in which Tabit sustained the more serious injuries of the two.  Upon investigation, police found that Smith was over the legal limit for alcohol in the state of Ohio with a blood alcohol level at .093.

During the sentencing today at Ashtabula County Common Pleas court, prosecutors recommended two years of community control and a driver’s license suspension.  The judge agreed.  Smith was also sentenced to three days in jail, but that is suspended if he completes DUI school in Ohio.  However, if Smith violates any laws in the future,  he will have to serve a 12 month jail sentence.

In addition, as part of his probation, Smith will do lectures to local high school students about the dangers of driving drunk.

19 Action News reporter Scott Taylor was on the scene today, and spoke with Freddie outside the courtroom, where the DAYS actor related:  “It was very selfish and I am very sorry for doing it.”   Smith had previously plead guilty to the charges.  He went on to thank his supporters as well, stating:  “Today was very nerve-racking and to hear all the support from fans, friends and family has really helped me stay strong and I really appreciate it.”

Later, Taylor asked Smith just how Alyssa Tabit is recovering from the injuries she sustained.  Freddie replied:  “She is doing absolutely fantastic.  She has a couple more weeks of physical therapy and she will be back good as new.”  Tabit was also in court today and spoke to the judge to help Freddie’s case.

Watch the Action 19 news segment on Freddie’s sentencing, which also features Smith talking outside the courtroom after the jump.  Then weigh-in:  Was the sentence that the judge handed down to Freddie, appropriate or disproportionate, for breaking the law?  Happy to hear that as of now, no jail time for Freddie?  Comment below!

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I have always believed everyone deserves a second chance, especially since Freddie’s girlfriend supported the sentence. I am particularly glad to read Freddie Smith will be lecturing to high school students as the impact of his words could stop a young person from making the same “selfish” choice.

I wish Freddie well. I won’t judge him or put him down. He took responsibility for his actions and faced up to the consequences. What else is there? He will serve his sentence and that will be the end of it.

I had never heard of “community control”. I gather from the context it means ” probation “. So now Freddie will have to split time between California and Ohio? That will cost a pretty penny too! He will also have to catch a ride to work, or ride a bike like Peter Reckell used to.

He’s lucky it wasnt worse and no lives lost…hope its his wake up call! I get a little angry…lost a cousin to a drunk driver…glad they are both ok…Days could never find a suitable replacement!!!

Lucky, lucky, lucky.

Why not just give him the three days in jail? Maybe if offenders got a taste of f some real justice they would NEVER drink and drive again.

I think it was appropriate for what happened. He admitted to what he did and he didn’t use his celebrity to try and get off. He told the truth when so many would have lied. I think he will do as he has to and I am so happy for he and Alyssa’s engagement. Congrats to them both! From what I hear there will be wedding bells soon. Can’t wait to see pictures 🙂

He admitted to what he did? How could he deny it?! Admitting it was no act of hero. He should never have gone behind the wheel.

I think the sentencing was appropriate given the circumstances. Freddie’s blood alcohol level was over the limit but by only .013%. He wasn’t twice the limit or 3x, and he has no history of DUI. The main factor causing the accident was falling asleep at the wheel which could happen to sober people as well. He does sound contrite in this video, and I do believe that he has learned his lesson.
When did they get engaged? Was it published? I don’t remember seeing anything.

He was over the limit ‘only’ by .013?! Tell that to a person who’s dead!

Absolutely none of our business! The Sharks come out again in the water!

He got off lightly.

I can’t stand douche bags that do this.

Whether it be Freddie Smith, Kristoff St. John or Colleen Zenk-Pinter. Driving while intoxicated is absolutely inexcusable.

Leo…I think that Freddie Smith got off W-A-Y TOO LIGHTLY here!!!!! Also, Freddie has the N-E-R-V-E to use the word NERVE-RACKING to describe his own emotions (or whatever) at his own sentencing!!!!! Are you kidding me here?!?!?!?!?! Two years and all that…what a goddamn CROCK!!!!! And that judge that ‘handed down that sentence to Freddie’ is an absolute idiot!!!!! I very angrily have a feeling here that Freddie is just gonna pull this very irresponsible crap again…it’s just a matter of W-H-E-N!!!!! Bottom Line Here: In this instance and all, justice was MOST DEFINITELY N-O-T SERVED HERE!!!!!!!!!! B-E-Y-O-N-D DUMB AS HELL!!!!!!!!!!

Have a good one, Leo. Peace, bro.

Leo and jaybird: I totally agree with you! Freddie Smith showed horrible judgment, and the judge made a horrible judgment. This decision just goes to show once again that the justice system favors those with money and/or celebrities. Sadly, Smith could very well commit a DUI again, with an even worse outcome.

If it had happened in California they would have slapped him on the hand and said naughty boy! Now if he had killed someone we would be talking jail time! What interests me the most is next week we will have a glowing interview about what a great actor he is! Why don’t we get it I out there and say he is a nobody who needs to get down on his knees and think God he did not kill himself or his lady friend ! Like I said sharks in the water every time you smell blood!

I don’t watch DAYS but have heard of actor Freddie Smith. This accident happened close to my sister’s home in OH and that is what is was – an accident. Luckily his fiance nor anybody else was hurt or killed. He’s young and he’s human – as long as he complies with the Ohio laws and do what is deemed by the Court, let it be.

Deliberately drinking and then getting behind the wheel is not an accident. An accident is when you swerve to avoid an animal in the road or slip on ice. The choice was made to drink and then drive. He is incredibly lucky no one was killed. Sentence seems light to me given the severity of the Imjuries and that she is still recovering 4 months later.

Thank God that no one was killed.
I’ll pray for all who’s involved.

Very happy that he got this break. I hope he learns from this. And I hope when he speaks to others about this they listen, and learn.

I think this is a good thing. Jail would not have been a good thing for him. And he doesn’t get off completely free. And I think he already learned his lesson at the time of the accident. I’m happy for him. I don’t agree that it’s inexcusable ! People say “Don’t drink & drive”. I’m sorry, but that’s just bullshit! At this point you ARE allowed to have a drink & drive! The legal limits are different everywhere. When we go out every weekend, the driver has 2 beers, max 3. And we’re not always 100% sure that we’re still save. Depends on several things. But we still get behind the wheel. There’s always the same discussion. There’s only 1 solution to stop the endless accussations & assumptions: put the legel limit to 0.000, end of discussion ! Cause at this moment it is not ! So people can have a drink & drive, which is not illegal. He was barely over the limit, that could happen to me every weekend.

I felt a bit sadden when I read your post. The don’t drink and drink campaign isn’t about what is legal or not; it is not about passing moral judgement; or trying to stop people from enjoying a few drinks. It is about desperately trying to remind drivers when they get behind the wheel they are in control of a powerful machine that has the potential to seriously harm or kill someone.

Driving is a serious task that demands our full attention and facilities to operate this machine in a safe, responsible way. Sure you can legally drink and drive up to whatever legal limit is set, but just because you can doesn’t mean it is the mature, responsible thing to do.

So yes we can go out on the weekend have a few drinks, still be under the legal limit, or just a tad over it and feel competent enough to drink– I’m sure Freddie felt the same way when he did– but that doesn’t mean it was the best choice.

The don’t drink and drink campaign is about changing attitudes, not toward drinking, but towards driving. Driving needs to be taken more seriously, as a society we would not want to allow people to give their children machine guns to play with, so why should we want to give individuals who are just as immature car keys. But the laws don’t compel people to be responsible adults even if there was a zero tolerance in the legal sense, there will be people who selfishly will get behind the wheel of a car and put themselves and others in danger,

Your attitude that is was no big deal, is the kind of attitude that puts more people in the hospital and in the grave than any other. I truly hope and pray you never become one of those statistics, which is why I was sadden by your post because I’m afraid you might and you don’t seem to care or grasp the seriousness of that.

I know you might slam me back, give me attitude for writing this, but it is with your welfare and your welfare alone that I do urge you not to take driving so lightly, and respect the machine and just don’t take the risk. If you want to drink, go ahead, but please, for your sake and others, be the adult, find another way to get home then putting yourself behind the wheel of the car.

of course that should be the don’t drink and drive, not the don’t drink and drink campaign– my mistake– and error may be silly, but the message I was trying to convey was sincere.

You made some wonderful and completely true points.

I agree with Mary – and the law should be stated and written in a concise and clear manner. To my way of viewing it, there should be a designated driver who has not consumed ANY alcohol.

Mary that was absolutely well said and important post!!

I won’t slam you back. What I will say is that my message was completely misunderstood. First of all, I NEVER said that drinking & driving is not a big deal ! And I am totally behind the campaigns! Second, I was talking purely and ONLY about the law and not the human aspect. I am just totally shocked by the things some people say, that he is a criminal, a killer, totally irresponsible, even if he would have had 1 drink !! And that he should get behind bars for … years. That is totally over the top, cause according to the law, having a beer is nothing illegal ! He had too much to drive, I know and I totally agree, I never denied that ! I wasn’t talking abt moral stuff , but only about the law. And in that perspective, I said there is only 1 solution and I’m saying it for years already: limit to 0.000 ALL over the world !! End of discussion ! And 3rd, I do take responsibility, cause like I said, we have a strict rule that whoever drives when we go out, has no more than 2 beers which, again, is legal ! And we NEVER broke that rule ! So NEVER in my message did I say that what he did was not a big deal ! It is a very big deal ! And I am very much aware of that. I simply replied to the rudness of some people and the fact that ACCORDING TO THE LAW (!) it’s not illegal to have a drink and drive and THAT should be changed for good ! Basically, what I said is that all those different limits of 0.05 in one country or 0.08 in another country is COMPLETELY wrong and that it has to be changed to 0.000, like ages ago !!!

Sometimes a wake-up call is needed. Yes, I’m sure he is very thankful everyday that it wasn’t worse than it was. That is something he is going to have to carry around for the rest of his life…and yes, I’m speaking from experience.

Oct 3rd, 2010, I drove drunk, like I had many times. I admit it. But that night was different. I totaled my car along with someone else’s. Thankfully it was a parked car and I didn’t hurt or kill anyone but I could have easily have done so. I am thankful everyday that it wasn’t worse than it was. But trust me when I say, it was bad enough that I never want to go through that again. That was the last time I ever drove drunk. That night was actually the last time I drank. I have been sober since.

I’m not here to toot my own horn and preach the about drinking and driving. I’m just saying I have a different perspective than some others here. Or maybe not. More people drink and get behind the wheel of a car than care to admit it.

I do hope this is a life changing event for Freddie. It was for me. I don’t really think he got off lightly. See, I live in Ohio. I’m very familiar now with the OVI or DUI laws here. I didn’t hurt anyone but I did destroy someone’s car. Our sentencing is mildly comparable. But I can assure you, the guilt and humility you experience from this type of action is far worse than your sentencing.

Some of you think it’s no one’s business but his, which is in part true, but if his story keeps just one person from drinking and driving, then it’s worth sharing and that’s why I share my story with you today.

I wish him the best of luck and I hope that he takes whatever action is needed to get this under control and it never happens again.

Congratulations to you, Jeff.

Your second sentence had me appalled, but I continued to read and ended up being impressed at your sobriety and the choices you made since you totaled the vehicles.

I am not perfect either. I like to say I did all my drinking before I was 21. My cousin and I would go to lame so-called “parties” and have a few drinks and then that was it. We were just buzzed and we waited several hours before driving home. Nothing ever happened and if it did, I would have been in big trouble because my dad was a sheriff’s deputy in a small town so everyone knew your name. In my late teens it was fun and rebellious, but if I had better friends, I probably would not have taken my first drink until I was of the proper age.

I have to say I am proud to say, however, that whenever I have drunk alcohol I ALWAYS remembered what I did. My mom told me when I was 21 not to be the girl that they talk about the next day and to remember what you did. I have to say I did nothing to embarrass myself, though I am not proud of drinking before I was legally able to.

Now that I am married with two little boys, I rarely drink. Spiked eggnog for the holidays, an umbrella drink in the summer. Things like that. I like a taste of a little spirit every now and then for the relaxation feeling, but the idea of even getting tipsy is not appealing. I have a stocked liquor cabinet, but I like to cook with it instead of drink it.

Now I fear for what my own boys will choose when they are older. With each generation and all that is out there it makes it harder to make good decisions despite your upbringing. So many kids do stupid things. You think once they graduate from college and get a job they would make smart decisions. My 30-something husband had a 20-something co-worker who got drunk after working hours (at a work party), and decided to climb the building. You can imagine what happened next. He fell and ended up being taken off life support. His out-of-state parents were devastated.

Hopefully he learned his lesson. I think the sentence is appropriate. He still has work to do so even though he’s not going to jail now, it’s not like he got off.

Really, none of my business, but thank goodness no one else was hurt and his girlfriend has recovered. Hopefully, he will learn from this, and it will never happen again. Take a cab, call a friend or family membe- no shame in that better to be safe. Freddie has played a character on Days that is so likeable, can’t help but wish him the best and pray this will be the last time.

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Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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Kennedy Garcia on Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives: “For a Role to Come up for a Teenager with Down Syndrome was Just Amazing!”

Days of our Lives has made a groundbreaking move for the soaps, by casting Kennedy Garcia in the new role of Felicity. Viewers of the Peacock streaming soap opera will first see the character beginning the week of May 20th,

Garcia has previously appeared on primetime including on 9-1-1, This Is Us and more. Speaking to TV Insider, Kennedy shared: “I have wanted to be on a soap opera for a long time, so for a role to come up for a teenager with Down syndrome was just amazing!”

In real life, Kennedy who has Down syndrome is also a cancer survivor, and becomes he first teen with Down syndrome to land an ongoing role on the soaps. “It’s really such a special thing. I am so proud of Days of our Lives for taking this step and taking a chance on me. Inclusion in this industry is so important and I am proud to help move it forward.”

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As to a little insight on her new role of Felicity in Salem, Garcia shared. “She is sweet, funny and kind. She is also very smart and she never misses anything. Most of all, she loves her family more than anything else. I think that viewers will love her and see the beauty she brings to everyone in her life.”

The actress added, “I hope that everyone will love Felicity and see that even though she has Down syndrome, she is cherished by her family and friends, she is capable of great things, and she’s a hard worker. I’m pretty sure she bakes better than I do. She is also a typical teenager who has real feelings and fears that people will see as her story goes on. I hope no one underestimates Felicity as a character, or actors with disabilities like me. Representation is so important and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to become Felicity and let you all get to know her, and me!”

What do you think of Days of our Lives casting of Kennedy Garcia and the importance of inclusion and representation on streaming and daytime dramas? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: ‘Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer’

On Thursday night May 16th, the daytime community comes together for Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, streaming live at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with leading daytime community voices Michael Fairman and Alan Locher, are coming together for a first-of-its-kind livestream event, Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

The three-hour benefit will feature stars from the world of daytime drama television past and present, musical performances, and stories of emotional on- and off-screen experiences with cancer. Special celebrity guests will also join the effort to encourage viewers to support urgently needed research and new cancer treatments.  You can watch live on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, The Locher Room or the Stand Up To Cancer website.

In support of the event, SU2C will simultaneously launch a 10-day eBay silent auction, from May 16 through 26, for soap opera fans to bid on a wide range of items, including a meet-and-greet experience with the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives; an autographed script from the cast of CBS’s The Young and the Restless and signed merchandsise from CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful cast; a 1:1 video call with General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros, Maura West and Laura Wright, and with daytime legends Robert Newman, Vincent Irizarry, Colleen Zenk, and more. Full details will be shared the evening of May 16, at StandUpToCancer.org/DaytimeStandsUp.

As part of the event, you will hear, cancer survivorship stories from General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison and The Young and the Restless’ Colleen Zenk, who will reflect on the impact of publicly sharing their diagnoses; and 2024 Daytime Emmy nominee Eric Braeden, who shares his battle with bladder cancer

Daytime icon Jackie Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years, shared by daughters Cassidy MacLeod and Lacey Gorden.

Elizabeth Hubbard who played the iconic Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns and Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors, shared by her on-screen daughter Martha Byrne and real-life son Jeremy Bennett.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Jerry verDorn (Guiding Light / One Life to Live), shared by widow Beth verDorn and his on-screen wife on Guiding Light, friend and co-star Liz Keifer.

Andrea Evans, who played Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live, shared by her husband Stephen G. Rodriguez and daughter Kylie Rodriguez.

Kamar de los Reyes shared by his One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (General Hospital) Trevor St. John (The Young and the Restless).

Poignant reflections from actors who have portrayed breast cancer survivors, including Sharon Case and Eileen Davidson from The Young and the RestlessErika Slezak from One Life to LiveTina Sloan and Kim Zimmer from Guiding Light and more.

Additional talent slated to participate in the virtual benefit include (subject to change): Eddie and Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live)Elia Cantu (Days of Our Lives)The Day Players,  featuring Days of Our Lives castmates Carson BoatmanBrandon BarashWally Kurth (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee), Eric Martsolf (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee)Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live)Don Diamont (The Bold and the Beautiful)Linsey Godfrey (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, Days of Our Lives)Leo Howard (Days of Our Lives)Lesli Kay (The Bold and the Beautiful)Eden McCoy (General Hospital)Kin Shriner (General Hospital)and Michelle Stafford (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, The Young and the Restless).

You can watch the Daytime Stands Up livestream below. Now let us know if you have a cancer story that has affected your life via the comment section below, or how a daytime TV character who went through a cancer battle, gave you strength and courage in your own journey.

 

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