LOS ANGELES—On Tuesday, July 2, former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was sentenced to two years and eight months in county jail after he was found guilty on four counts of spousal battery last month.
Bradley with Dodgers photo courtesy of Truebluecrew.com
Bradley was found guilty by a jury on nine counts of criminal acts including four counts of domestic battery, but also two counts of criminal threats, one of assault with a deadly weapon, one of vandalism, and one of brandishing a deadly weapon. All of the charges came from an altercation Bradley had with his now estranged wife.
Bradley, who has had a history of violent behavior was traded by the Dodgers after throwing water bottles at fans and also had an incident with a reporter in 2005, must serve 400 hours of community service and complete 400 hours of community service after his release as well and take part in a year domestic violence counseling and anger management counseling respectively.
All current chargers for the former Dodger came from a series of five incidents that were investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and occurred at the home of Bradley and his estranged wife in their
San Fernando Valley home between 2011 and 2012.
The incidents included an altercation in March 2012, where Bradley wielded a knife and threatened his wife with it after an argument regarding the couple’s marital status. Another in November 2012, which Bradley pushed his wife against their kitchen wall and choked her after she had asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their children.
The couple who is now separated have been married for five years and have two kids together. Bradley has been ordered by the court to stay away from his wife, who already has restraining order out against the former athlete, and her family.
Bradley remains free at the moment on $250,000 bail and is looking to appeal the sentencing of nearly three years, which came from a possible seven and a half year sentence.