Former Los Angeles Dodger Milton Bradley was sentenced to approximately 3 years in prison Tuesday according to the Associated Press. Bradley was facing nearly 7 and a half years in prison for abusing his wife. Andrew Blankstein of The Los Angeles Times reported
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson sentenced Bradley to two years, eight months in county jail.
It was considerably less than the more than 7 years he could have been sentenced for. I am not a legal expert, but considering the convictions it seems like he could have gotten off easy.
Bradley, 34, was found guilty by a jury last month on nine counts: four of spousal battery, two of criminal threats, one of assault with a deadly weapon, one of vandalism and one of brandishing a deadly weapon.
Bradley must also perform 400 hours of community service after his release.
Bradley was acquired by the Dodgers in 2004 for Franklin Gutierrez from the Cleveland Indians. As he was at every stop in his career, was volatile at minimum. The first item that appears when searching for Milton Bradley in YouTube is “Milton Bradley Meltdown.” Surprisingly the video “Six Milton Bradley Ejections” doesn’t include any clips with the Dodgers.
In what some might say is Ned Colletti‘s best move as a General Manager, he moved Bradley to Oakland for minor leaguer Andre Ethier.
Bradley was a talented player, but could never “get it together.” Unfortunately for Bradley and his estranged wife he could not off the field either.