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Former No. 1 draft pick Matt Bush facing prison time in DUI hit-and-run case

Mark Townsend
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The sad story of former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush reached its lowest point back on March 22 in North Port, Fla.

On that day, Bush fled the scene of an accident that left 72-year-old Tony Tufano with several devastating injuries, many of which he's still recovering from nearly nine months later. He was also driving under the influence, and was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI hit-and-run.

Since that terrible accident occurred, Bush has been held in a Charlotte County jail while awaiting a trial. However, according to a Tampa Bay Times report on Friday, it appears that trial will not take place as the now 26-year-old has decided to accept a plea deal at his next scheduled hearing on Tuesday.

Attorney Russell Kirshy declined to offer specifics on the agreement, at least until Tuesday's court hearing. But Bush's father, Daniel, said it will involve a prison sentence of at least three years, not including the time already served.

"He's taking it pretty good," Daniel Bush said. "He's not crying or sulking. He's preparing for it. Everybody in our family is backing him up."

At the time of his arrest, Bush was attempting to make a comeback with the Tampa Bay Rays after being converted from a shortstop to a pitcher. He'd signed a minor league contract in 2010, worked his way through the organization, and in the opinion of many was right on the cusp of making it to the big leagues. The Rays held him on their restricted list throughout the season before releasing him in October.

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Big League Stew's David Brown spoke to Bush in February and provided an in-depth look at his personal struggles and comeback attempt when the accident was originally reported.

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