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Pulp Fiction writer faces a year behind bars

30th September 2009

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Pulp Fiction has been sentenced to a year in a prison.

Roger Avery was given the sentence yesterday (September 29th) after being found guilty of causing a fatal traffic accident in southern California in 2008.

The judge also handed down five years' probation to the writer, who pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving in August.

According to police, the car Avery was driving at the time was travelling at more than 100 mph before it struck a telegraph poll, causing a passenger to be killed.

Avery shares the credit for writing Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino and was also responsible for the film adaptation of Beowulf.

He turned his hand to directing in 1994, with the thriller Killing Zone and went on to direct and produce a number of other films, including adaptations such as Bret Easton Ellis's The Rules of Attraction.

Avery also purchased the lifetime rights to Ellis's Glamorama and was looking to part-fund the film project himself.

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