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    Uggy's in trouble again. From CBC News

    Former major-league pitcher Ugueth Urbina, who spent six-plus seasons with the Montreal Expos, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch.

    Urbina was also found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun on Oct. 16, 2005, in Venezuela.

    Ugueth Urbina talks to reporters from behind bars in a Venezuelan jail.
    (Associated Press) "The ruling was too severe," said Jose Antonio Baez, a former lawyer who represented Urbina.

    The 33-year-old free agent was accused of joining a group of men in attacking and injuring workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at the ranch, located about 40 kilometres south of Caracas.

    Five workers were injured, and one of them suffered burns on the back and right arm, police said.

    Urbina repeatedly has insisted he had nothing to do with the incident, saying he was sleeping at the time of the attack.

    In October 2005, the pitcher suggested the workers were just looking to be paid off by their wealthy employer. It's not uncommon in Venezuela for the rich and famous to be blackmailed or kidnapped in an attempt by criminals to extort money.

    Urbina's lawyer, Jose Luis Tamayo, said the former major-leaguer surprised the workers by showing up at his ranch that night while they were bathing in the pool without permission. Urbina spoke sharply to them, but later left and went to sleep, according to Tamayo.

    Urbina was arrested in November of 2005 and later charged with attempted murder.

    Past incidents
    In 2004, Urbina's mother was taken hostage for five months by kidnappers demanding $6 million US. She was rescued after a gun battle between her abductors and 30 police officers.

    Four years earlier, while playing for the Montreal Expos, the pitcher was arrested for brawling in a nightclub, but was later acquitted of assault charges.

    A two-time all-star, Urbina last pitched in the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005.

    He's 30th on the all-time list with 237 career saves and had two saves in the 2003 World Series for the victorious Florida Marlins.

    He began the 2004 season as a member of the Detroit Tigers before a mid-season trade sent him to Philadelphia.

    Urbina also pitched for the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers during his 11 seasons in the majors.

    He was signed as a free agent by Montreal in 1990 and made his major-league debut on May 9, 1995, against Philadelphia.

    I don't remember his incident in the night club. Was this in Montreal or on the road? Was he getting into scraps on Crescent Street? Anyone remember?

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  • #2
    Well, I hate to say this, but he deserved jail time. He inflicted harm on workers and injured them, including giving someone burns by pouring gasoline on one worker. May he learn his lesson for fourteen years. Just because workers irritate you doesn't give you the right to injure them.

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    • #3
      I don't remember his incident in the night club. Was this in Montreal or on the road? Was he getting into scraps on Crescent Street? Anyone remember?
      It happened in Longueuil at a night club called Bar Vertigo on September 7, 1999. His brother is the one who got into a fight in the first place. Then Ugeth came to his defense and got involved too and, as they say, the rest is history.

      Read the news here (in French, unfortunately http://www.radio-canada.ca/sportsV1/...xposUrbina.asp and http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/55/55687.htm)

      Also, it seems Urbina once went completely out of control in 2005 on a plane during a road trip with the Tigers. That is what prompted them to trade him to the Phillies on June 8th, 2005.

      Finally, adding to all that info from an Expos fan perspective, Urbina is second on the all-time Montreal relievers list with 125 asaves, right behind Jeff Reardon's 152.



      Claude
      Last edited by Chicoutimi CP; 04-01-2007, 06:25 PM.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chicoutimi CP View Post

        Finally, adding to all that info from an Expos fan perspective, Urbina is second on the all-time Montreal relievers list with 125 asaves, right behind Jeff Reardon's 152.



        Claude
        Ironically, Reardon had a rather serious run-in with the law as well, last year I believe. It's really just a matter of time before Mel Rojas (3rd, 109 saves) finds himself in the slammer
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