Milton Bradley, a former Mariners outfielder and designated hitter, has been charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted, prosecutors in Los Angeles said.
LOS ANGELES — Milton Bradley, a former Mariners outfielder and designated hitter, has been charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted, prosecutors in Los Angeles announced Friday.
Bradley, 34, was charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report.
In addition to jail time, Bradley could face up to $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted.
He remained free pending a scheduled Jan. 24 arraignment.
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Prosecutors contend Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. He was twice arrested at the home in 2011.
“During one incident in November 2012, Bradley allegedly pushed his wife against a kitchen wall and choked her with both hands after she requested that he stop smoking marijuana in front of their children and requested that his friends leave her San Fernando Valley home,” said a statement from the city attorney’s office.
Prosecutors contend during other confrontations, Bradley kicked his wife in the ribs, approached her with a baseball bat and threatened her with a knife.
“My client denies it,” said Bradley’s attorney, Harland Braun. “I’ve talked to him already. He said, ‘She’s making up stories. I don’t know what she’s talking about.’ “
The couple are separated and in the middle of a contentious divorce.
Bradley, who has a .271 career average, has played in 12 major-league seasons. He played for seven other big-league teams before joining the Mariners in 2010.
Bradley appeared in 101 games and had a .209 batting average for the M’s in 2010 and 2011. He was released by the Mariners in May 2011 and has been a free agent.
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