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Bell Sentenced To A Work Program

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

SAN JOSE, Ca. -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell won't spend any nights behind bars this summer but will spend his days working at a California jail, Rogers Sportsnet reported on its website Monday.

After pleading no contest to drunken driving and hit and run charges last summer, Bell was sentenced Monday to a work program.

Bell will report to the prison every morning and work eight hour days a day from June 2 to Aug. 15, before returning home in the evening. A judge then will decide if the work program should be extended.

The jail term stems from a hit and run incident on Labour Day of 2006, in which Bell rear ended a pickup truck near San Jose. Bell was playing with the Sharks at the time.

Bell fled the scene leaving the driver with head injuries. In addition to a criminal conviction, Bell was suspended by the NHL for 15 games as a result of the incident

The native of St. Paul's, Ont., was acquired by the Maple Leafs along with goaltender Vesa Toskala before the 2007-08 season. He had 10 points in 35 games for the Leafs.

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