Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Former Sox Pitcher Ugueth Urbina Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Thanks, Bloomberg News Service.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch in Venezuela.

Urbina, who last pitched in the majors for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005, also was convicted of illegal deprivation of liberty during the dispute over a gun he owned, a spokesman for the Caracas-based Attorney General's office said.

Urbina, 32, has denied being part of a group of men that attacked workers with machetes at his family's ranch on Oct. 16, 2005.

His agent, Peter Greenberg, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Efforts to reach his lawyer were unsuccessful.

The two-time All-Star compiled 44 wins, 49 losses and 237 saves in 11 seasons with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia during his career.

Urbina played with the Red Sox in 2002.


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