Sergio Mitre, who pitched in parts of eight major league seasons and won a World Series ring with the 2009 Yankees, likely will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.
Mitre was convicted in Mexico this week and sentenced to 50 years in prison for the July 2020 killing and sexual assault, according to Mexican magazine Proceso.
According to the Daily Mail, an autopsy showed the 22-month-old, who is identified only as Ines by authorities, had been sexually assaulted. Her death, according to the report, was the result of hypovolemic shock, in which severe blood loss prevents the heart from pumping enough blood through the body.
Prosecutors said Mitre punched Ines in her lower back after an argument between him and the girl’s mother. The girl’s mother rushed her to Saltillo Children’s Hospital after she began vomiting and fainting, and she was declared dead at the hospital.
Mitre, whose estimated earnings in MLB topped $5 million, according to Spotrac, also was ordered to pay $66,429 in restitution damages.
Mitre was born in Los Angeles and raised in Tijuana. He was drafted in 2001 out of San Diego City College and debuted with the Cubs in 2003.
He had stints with the Marlins, Brewers and Yankees, with whom he pitched, mostly as a starter, from July through September of their title-winning 2009 club. The now 40-year-old posted a 6.79 ERA in 51 ⅔ innings that season and was left off the postseason roster.
He last pitched in MLB with the Yankees in 2011 and had pitched in Mexican leagues before the allegations.
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