updated 10/5/2007 1:26:43 PM ET 2007-10-05T17:26:43

A college student accused of ramming his luxury car into four people at an upscale golf club will spend up to seven years in prison.

Sayed Khaled El-Waraky, an Egyptian national, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree reckless endangerment and was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors said he slammed his Jaguar into a crowd gathered outside a bar at the Glen Cove Golf Club on Long Island in June 2006, leaving four people with injuries that included skull fractures. They said he had started a fight and gotten thrown out of the bar.

El-Waraky's lawyer, Kevin Keating, has said the incident was "far from a situation where people were in control."

El-Waraky, 25, who attended American University before the legal proceedings, had already been sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison after being convicted in May of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

A jury deadlocked on assault charges.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss those charges, which could have brought a prison term as long as 25 years. El-Waraky will serve both his sentences concurrently.

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