Former big-league outfielder Milton Bradley was found guilty Monday of nine counts related to attacks on his estranged wife, and could face more than seven years in prison as a result, report Andrew Blankenstein and Robert J. Lopez of the LA Times.
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Bradley was convicted Monday on four counts of spousal battery, two counts of criminal threats, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of brandishing a deadly weapon, and one count of vandalism. The charges stem from five separate incidents with his wife -- with whom he has two children -- between 2011 and 2012.
According to the prosecution, Bradley brandished a baseball bat in one incident, threatened his wife with a knife in another, and choked her against a wall in a third confrontation. The prosecution sought counseling for Bradley following the first incident, but brought on criminal charges when his pattern of abuse continued.
Bradley was always seen as a clubhouse liability in his 12-year MLB career. A switch-hitting outfielder, Bradley jumped around to eight different clubs -- including the Dodgers, Mariners, and Indians -- never spending more than three years with any one team. He was involved in several incidents both on and off the field -- including fleeing police following a speeding ticket and yelling at fans in the outfield -- which sealed his reputation as a bad apple.
The 34-year-old was immediately taken into custody upon his conviction, and his bail has been set at $250,000. Bradley's sentencing will take place on July 2, and could see him spending the next seven years (or more) in prison.