|Monday, November 13
Astacio sentenced to supervised probation
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Pedro Astacio pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge in a domestic violence case.
Under a plea agreement, Astacio pleaded guilty to harassment and prosecutors dropped a charge of third-degree assault, said Michael Knight, spokesman for the Arapahoe County district attorney's office.
Arapahoe County Judge Ethan Feldman sentenced Astacio to 6 months of supervised probation and ordered him to complete a domestic violence treatment program. Astacio has already finished 35 of the required 36 weeks in the program, Knight said.
Additionally, Astacio was fined $500, ordered to perform 16 hours of community service and pay $1,800 to a victim compensation fund.
With the plea agreement, Astacio avoided a trial that was set to begin Tuesday. Defense attorney Jeff Springer said the deal was in Astacio's best interest.
"We believe the disposition will allow Pedro and his family to move on with their lives," Springer said.
Knight said the deal was "not unlike anyone else with the same charges would have gotten."
Astacio, 30, was arrested Aug. 12, 1999, one day after his estranged wife told Greenwood Village police he hit her in the right eye during an argument at the home they shared until their separation last year.
Astacio initially pleaded guilty to third-degree assault but was allowed to withdraw the plea after immigration officials began proceedings to deport him to his native Dominican Republic.
Knight said he didn't know whether Monday's plea would affect Astacio's residency status.
Rockies officials could not be reached by telephone Monday evening.