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Report: Ex-MLB All-Star closer released from prison

10:51 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ugueth Urbina pitched the eighth inning and gave up two runs off of three hits to take the loss as the Washington Nationals won the second game of the double header 5-4 at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports Copyright © 2005 Howard Smith
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Former Major League All-Star closer Ugueth Urbina has been released from a Venezuelan prison after serving five years for attempted murder, according to the Sports Xchange.

Urbina was convicted in 2007 of trying to kill five workers on his family's ranch with machetes and gasoline. Urbina also was found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun Oct. 16, 2005.

He was sentenced to 14 years in prison, despite repeatedly denying involvement in the incident. He said he was sleeping at the time.

Urbina pitched for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies. Urbina, 38, last pitched in the big leagues in 2005 and is not expected to make a return.

A report out of Venezuela says he was throwing 90 MPH while playing in prison.

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