Former pitcher Urbina sentenced to 14 years in prison

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (TICKER) —Former major league pitcher Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five employees on his family’s ranch, the Attorney General’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Urbina was accused of joining a group of men in attacking workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family’s ranch on October 16, 2005.

Urbina, who last pitched in the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005, repeatedly has denied involvement in the attack.

A two-time All-Star, Urbina recorded 237 saves and was the closer on the Florida Marlins’ 2003 championship team.

Urbina signed with the Detroit Tigers the following season, but left the team in September after his mother was kidnapped in his native country. She was rescued five months later after a gun fight between the kidnappers and police.

The emotional Urbina, who often pumps his fist after recording key outs, also pitched for Montreal, Boston and Texas and compiled a 44-49 record with a 3.45 ERA in 11 seasons.

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Updated Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007