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DoubleTech 03-28-2007 03:03 PM

Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
DAAYYMMMM this guy screwed up BIGTIME...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2815590

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- 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, the Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday.


In 2005, Ignacio Serrano, a sports reporter for El Nacional in Caracas, Venezuela, and a correspondent with ESPNdeportes.com, and ESPN's Pedro Gomez conducted an exclusive interview with Ugueth Urbina in his jail cell in Venezuela.

Urbina, a former pitcher with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies, 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, according to a statement from the Attorney General's Office.


"I am very disappointed and upset," his agent, Peter Greenberg, told ESPN. "We're hopeful that the judicial process will exonerate Uggie. I firmly believe he's innocent."



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 his family's ranch, located about 25 miles south of Caracas.



"The ruling was too severe," said Jose Antonio Baez, a former attorney who represented Urbina.



Urbina repeatedly has denied involvement in the violent attack, saying he was sleeping at the time.


But Wuanyer Perez, the attorney for the accusers, told ESPN that "justice has been served" and indicated that his clients will seek damages in civil court.


"We think it is an excellent sentence. The victims consider this an important example that anyone with power, influence and money is not above the law," Perez said. "It is an example for the entire world, not just for Venezuela, that everyone is on equal ground when it comes to the law and justice."


"There is an appeal process here in Venezuela and we are prepared to answer if they decide to take that route," Perez said. "Now that the criminal case is concluded, we are prepared to take this case to the civil side and we will seek damages. The victims have gotten better, but the psychological impact remains."


The pitcher's lawyer, Jose Luis Tamayo, has said that Urbina 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, a two-time All-Star, last pitched in the major leagues with the Phillies in 2005. He's 30th on the all-time saves list with 237. He had two saves in the 2003 World Series for the victorious Marlins.

In 11 major league seasons with the Expos, Boston Red Sox, Rangers, Marlins, Tigers and Phillies, Urbina went 44-49 with a 3.45 ERA. He led the National League with 41 saves in 1999 with the Expos and was third in the AL with 40 saves for the Red Sox in 2002.



where i come from we just fire people we no longer want working for us... :confusedshrug:

VCDrivesAPorscheToWork 03-28-2007 03:05 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
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"I am very disappointed and upset," his agent, Peter Greenberg, told ESPN. "We're hopeful that the judicial process will exonerate Uggie. I firmly believe he's innocent."



I understand all lawyers are merely out to protect their clients, but comon... sayin gsomething like this smacks of heresy and treason. as if he expected he could bend the system to work his way.

Devientz 03-28-2007 03:11 PM

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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 his family's ranch, located about 25 miles south of Caracas.
WTF thats like something out of Texas chainsaw massacre...

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"The ruling was too severe," said Jose Antonio Baez
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Da KO King 03-28-2007 03:16 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
From what I read the evidence against Uggie was circumstantial at best. I would suggest looking into the case before passing judgement. Foreign court systems aren't always quality.

dejordan 03-28-2007 03:18 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of fiv
 
i didn't realize ugi had retired. good to see he's keeping busy. allegedly.

DeuceWallaces 03-28-2007 03:50 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
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Originally Posted by Da KO King
From what I read the evidence against Uggie was circumstantial at best. I would suggest looking into the case before passing judgement. Foreign court systems aren't always quality.


Did you actually read his defense? All weapons involved were owned by him and located on his property.

THis is what happened:

He came home and his workers were swimming in his pool when they weren't supposed to. He admits he was pissed and says he "spoke to them sharply, and went to sleep."

At this point he claims he went to bed while someone else showed up who was pissed at his workers, doused them in gasoline, lit them on fire, and attacked them with machetes.

But he was sleeping and has no idea who did it.:rolleyes:

FPower 03-28-2007 03:59 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
I wonder if this has something to do with his mother's kidnapping. That would make a lot more sense than him getting pissed about people in his pool.

Amigo 03-28-2007 04:34 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
Maybe he'll pull a Julio Franco and play when he gets out. He'll be 47. You are screwed Uggie. Here you go for you agent and lawyer.:violin: This is Uggie in jail waiting for his boyfriend to get picked for him.:banghead:

shafir 03-28-2007 06:16 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
........and I wanted the Yanks to sign this pig.

nashforprez 03-28-2007 11:54 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of fiv
 
guillen (the white sox manager) went to the jail they were holding uggie at while he was parading the WS trophy around Venezuela. He basically said that uggie was basically dead if they convicted him.

Da KO King 03-29-2007 08:11 AM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
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Originally Posted by DeuceWallaces
Did you actually read his defense? All weapons involved were owned by him and located on his property...

From what I read they have no actual proof he was involved. They are basically taking the workers word and saying "since the weapons are his and they say he was involved it must be true".

DeuceWallaces 03-29-2007 04:38 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
Nice leaving out the motive.

They have motive and weapon. He admitted to being pissed at them earlier, and admitted to being on the property at the time of the crime, and the the murder weapons are his, but he was sleeping.

Da KO King 03-29-2007 10:19 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
Motive and proof of involvement are different things.

j Fresh 03-29-2007 10:24 PM

Re: Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five
 
damn!


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