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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Years before Alicia Keys made it popular to set people on FI-YUR!, there was Uggie:
Former Major League relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina, who last pitched in the majors in 2005 with the Phillies, was released from a Venezuelan prison after serving seven years of a 14-year sentence for attempted murder, according to multiple Spanish-language media outlets.
Months after his mother, Maura Josefina Villareal, was rescued by an elite Venezuelan anti-kidnapping unit in 2005, following a harrowing five-and-a-half month captivity, Urbina was involved in a violent episode on his sprawling Venezuelan property. Urbina allegedly doused several men with gasoline and set them on fire and hacked another with a machete.
He’s only 38, and according to Venezuelan news sources, he was hitting 90 mph with his fastball while incarcerated.
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