Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ugueth Urbina!

Has anyone seen this? I vaguely recall hearing about this story, but the following quote from ESPN had me stunned. The details are outrageous:

"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."

14 years in prison for his role in the murder of 5 men on his ranch. They say he'll appeal, but the very story is horrifying.


rbizzler said...

Hi Mike,
Those five guys weren't murdered. He was convicted on charges equivalent to what we call 'attempted murder' in the States. The most interesting aspect of the proceedings to consider is the environment that Hugo Chavez has created in Venezuela. The caste system that used to dominate the country (and could have allowed Urbina to 'buy' his way out of jail)is gone and that could affect the way MLB scouts Venezuela.

Mike Plugh said...

Wow. Thanks rbizzler! Crazy story.

rbizzler said...

It is crazy and even crazier that he is likely to serve a good chunk of that fourteen year sentence. Can't really condone behavior that involves attacking people with machetes and then trying to light them on fire. All for swimming in a pool that was off-limits and drinking some beer.

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