VENTURA, Calif. (CBS/AP) Roger Avary will have to write his next big blockbuster hit behind bars.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Pulp Fiction" has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing a fatal traffic accident in Ventura County.
Avary was sentenced Tuesday in a Ventura court. He also received five years probation.
Avary pleaded guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving for the 2008 crash that killed a passenger in his Mercedes. Authorities say the car was traveling at more than 100 mph when it crashed into a telephone pole.
Avary's wife was ejected from the car and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Avary and Quentin Tarantino share the 1995 Academy Award for writing "Pulp Fiction." He also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie "Beowulf."