DeCinces gets home de­ten­tion

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

SANTA ANA, Calif. — For­mer Ma­jor League Base­ball player Doug DeCinces was sen­tenced to eight months of home de­ten­tion and or­dered to pay a $10,000 fine for his role in an in­sider-trad­ing scheme, a news­pa­per reported.

DeCinces, who played third base for the An­gels and Ori­oles, was con­victed in 2017 of in­sider trad­ing for a stock buy that earned him over $1 mil­lion.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge An­drew Guil­ford on Mon­day sen­tenced DeCinces to one day in jail, the Or­ange County Reg­is­ter reported. Since DeCinces has credit for time served, he will not spend more time be­hind bars. The home de­ten­tion will be part of two years of su­per­vised re­lease or­dered by the judge.

DeCinces, 68, who long de­nied the charges, agreed to tes­tify against an­other de­fen­dant, James Mazzo, in ex­change for a shorter sen­tence.

Mazzo’s two tri­als ended with mis­tri­als when ju­rors dead­locked. Prose­cu­tors dropped the case against Mazzo in De­cem­ber.

Be­fore Mon­day’s sen­tenc­ing base­ball Hall-ofFamer Rod Carew spoke on DeCinces’ be­half, high­light­ing his friend’s char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions.

“I am here,” Carew said, “be­cause he has done so much more for other peo­ple.”

DeCinces said in court that if he could go back and change his ac­tions, he would. “I knew it was wrong,” he said.

Guil­ford said he con­sid­ered a short prison term for DeCinces when com­ing into the court­room “to help you sort things out and to plot a path back, but you con­vinced me you don’t need that.”

GAIL BUR­TON/AP

Doug DeCinces was sen­tenced to eight months of home de­ten­tion and or­dered to pay a $10,000 fine.

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