Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Pulp Fiction” jailed for manslaughter

Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Pulp Fiction” has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing a fatal traffic crash in Southern California.


Roger Avary was sentenced Tuesday in a Ventura court. He also received five years of probation.


Avary pleaded guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving for the 2008 crash that killed a passenger in Avary’s Mercedes in Ventura County. Authorities say Avary’s car was traveling at more than 100 mph when it crashed into a telephone pole.


Avary and Quentin Tarantino share the 1995 Academy Award for writing “Pulp Fiction.” He also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie “Beowulf.”