Mets' Burgos to be jailed for 3 months before trial

Baseball Notes

October 10, 2008|By From Sun news services

New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos will be jailed for three months while awaiting trial in a hit-and-run accident that killed two women in the Dominican Republic.

The reliever, 24, told the Associated Press a Dominican judge ordered him to remain behind bars last night out of concern for his safety.

"I am going to come out of this fine because my conscience is clear, and I'm not worried this will affect my career because I haven't done anything," he said in the jailhouse interview.

Burgos is accused of abandoning the victims of the Sept. 30 accident and fleeing, charges that can carry six months to two years in prison. He disappeared after the accident but turned himself in Tuesday.

Prosecutor Raul Quiroz said an investigation could lead to additional charges in the deaths of Angely Fana, 29, and Josefina Minaya, 38. Fana's mother, Eudosia Ruane, said Burgos intentionally ran over her daughter because she refused to go out with him.

Witnesses say Burgos was the driver of the Hummer that struck the two women, according to police. But Burgos told AP last night that he was sitting in the back seat of the truck, with his cousin at the wheel.

Burgos, who arrived at a packed courthouse under heavy security, said many people in his town of Nagua are jealous and "exaggerate things" because he is the only major league pitcher from the town.

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Twins: : Minnesota will keep backup catcher Mike Redmond for another season, paying him $950,000. Redmond, 37, hit .287 in 38 games this season, with 12 RBIs. He has a .292 career average.

Obituary: : Bruce Dal Canton, a former high school teacher who turned a good showing at a tryout camp into a lengthy major league career, died Tuesday of esophageal cancer. He was 66. The right-hander went 51-49 with a 3.67 ERA from 1967 to 1977 with Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Atlanta and the White Sox.

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