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Santo Domingo.- The New Year’s shooting death of Michel Castillo allegedly at the hands of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon took a strange turn on Friday, when supporters of the Major Leaguer blame the prestigious journalist Luis Eduardo (Huchi) Lora of “keeping him in jail.”

Amid allegations that Simon has tried to pay his way out of prison, a group of supporters took to the streets of his native town, Luperon (north), carrying pickets to demand his release, and blame Lora of waging a campaign against him.

“It’s sad that there’s not one sign calling for justice for the victim, who had to work two jobs to help his family,” Lora said in his program on Telesistema Friday morning, referring to Michel Castillo, 26.

Castillo’s brother Starlin, 17, who was injured in the shooting, has repeated the accusation that Simon shot the victim at point blank range during a New Year’s Eve celebration, and then “nonchalantly” walked to a nearby bar and ordered drinks.

One of the victim’s other brothers affirmed he has been threatened and has had to stay at home for several weeks. “Imagine if that’s when he’s in prison, when he gets out they’re going to kill us all,” he said while next to Starlin, though his first name wasn't provided.

On Thursday Judge Yakaira Veras upheld the sentence of one year in prison, as the prosecution prepares its manslaughter case against the Baltimore hurler. If found guilty, Simon faces up to two years in prison.

The killing in Puerto Plata is the latest case of violence by Dominican major leaguers, who have allegedly claimed the lives of at least four people, starting with the slugger Cesar Cedeño in the 1980s, and include New York Mets Ambiorix Burgos in 2008, and San Francisco Giants prospect Angel Villalona in 2009.

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10 comment(s)
Written by: MrShelinoF, 25 Feb 2011 8:39 AM
From: Turks and Caicos Islands
I wouldn't be surprise if he buys his way out of jail... D.R is the most corrupted country in the world...
Written by: kennyB, 25 Feb 2011 9:06 AM
From: United States

Kudos to the Judge Yakaira Veras for upholding the sentence.
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 25 Feb 2011 9:30 AM
From: United States
What sentence 2 years for murder?????
Written by: Gringo_1, 25 Feb 2011 9:31 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
Wow. Faces a sentence of 2 years. Can that be correct?
Written by: glomarexplorer, 25 Feb 2011 9:42 AM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Two years for killing a man presumably working two jobs to support his family!

Probably five years for a poor and underprivileged Dominican caught stealing a loaf or bread.

Equitable judicial system? Very equitable, indeed!

Someday, in my lifetime-I hope, the last honest group of people in DR-"the campesinos"-shall rise and, when they do, I especially hope they will go after members of the corrupt-to-the-core judicial system. Afterwards, diputados and senadores should be fair game as well.

As for the more corrupt members of the military, who have abused the people and country forever, I suppose cement shoes and blue seas should be in order, or maybe the burning tire on the neck. Yes, either one should prove satisfactory.

Written by: snoopyy3k, 25 Feb 2011 9:44 AM
From: United States
Two years for murdering someone? That is no time at all. Something needs to be done to correct these jail sentences for certain crimes committed against it's citizens.
Written by: Botemon, 25 Feb 2011 10:51 AM
From: Dominican Republic, La Isabella
I have to drive through Luperon to go anywhere. My wife and friends were returning from Santiago around 5:00p yesterday. She said that there were hundreds of people in the streets all of them angry. Originally she thought it was another usual electricity protests, however this one was much bigger and very dangerous. All of them were pissed! One of her friends in the van sponsors a local baseball team and a few of the team members were noticed in the crowd and came to their aid. About 5 players jumped on the van and guided them safely through town. Every road in and out of Luperon was blocked and on fire. The riots were spreading out of town northward at that time. "Rumor" is that the riots will continue and Monday will be the biggest.
When I originally heard that the riots were about this baseball player's saga, which I have been following, I thought that the police may have released him and and the people were rioting because Justice had NOT been served. WTF?
Written by: curlando, 25 Feb 2011 11:05 AM
From: United States, Bronx/Dominican Republic
I wonder how he paid each protester.
Written by: angelo53, 25 Feb 2011 1:24 PM
From: United States Virgin Islands
Glomar summed it up pretty good.there a cause and effect for everything.look at the middleeast. These
people in power are fat no goods and because of them the people suffer.
Written by: Mart1n, 25 Feb 2011 4:24 PM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
I live just outside Luperon. The few friends of the ball player had thugs trying to buy off the family to get the player released. For the people that don't know the justice system here he will be held for one year until his trial and then be sentences. Also one year in jail here is equal punishment to live in a US jail
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