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Mike Matheny's eagle eyes resulted in justice, St. Louis-style.
The Cardinals manager spotted a teenage fan directing a laser pointer into the eyes of San Francisco Giants pitcher Shane Loux during a game last August. The fan was detained, arrested and ultimately opted to cop a plea deal to avoid jail time for the incident.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Eric Bogard, 17, pleaded guilty on Dec. 14 to a charge of disturbing the peace at an athletic event.
His punishment: Six months probation, 20 hours of community service and $500 of restitution to the Cardinals.
It may seem odd that Bogard had to cop a plea to receive a mere slap on the wrist, but he did avoid a bigger mess. Under terms of the deal, a separate charge involving the unregulated use of laser pointers was dropped, a charge that could have resulted in a 30-day jail sentence and $500 fine.
Bogard's attorney, Joel Schwartz, was predictably ebullient about the resolution, telling the Post-Dispatch it was unnamed fans nearby who actually did "more of the harassing...and disturbing of the peace with the laser." He said the case was resolved "extremely fairly."
Well, maybe. Bogard did get a slap on the wrist. The last creature in St. Louis to so notoriously "disturb the peace at an athletic event" got his image on the Cardinals' World Series championship ring.
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