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Milton Bradley convicted of spousal battery, could face 7-year prison sentence

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Former big-league outfielder Milton Bradley was found guilty Monday of nine counts related to attacks on his estranged wife, and could face more than seven years in prison as a result, report Andrew Blankenstein and Robert J. Lopez of the LA Times.

Bradley was convicted Monday on four counts of spousal battery, two counts of criminal threats, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of brandishing a deadly weapon, and one count of vandalism. The charges stem from five separate incidents with his wife -- with whom he has two children -- between 2011 and 2012.

According to the prosecution, Bradley brandished a baseball bat in one incident, threatened his wife with a knife in another, and choked her against a wall in a third confrontation. The prosecution sought counseling for Bradley following the first incident, but brought on criminal charges when his pattern of abuse continued.

Bradley was always seen as a clubhouse liability in his 12-year MLB career. A switch-hitting outfielder, Bradley jumped around to eight different clubs -- including the Dodgers, Mariners, and Indians -- never spending more than three years with any one team. He was involved in several incidents both on and off the field -- including fleeing police following a speeding ticket and yelling at fans in the outfield -- which sealed his reputation as a bad apple.

The 34-year-old was immediately taken into custody upon his conviction, and his bail has been set at $250,000. Bradley's sentencing will take place on July 2, and could see him spending the next seven years (or more) in prison.

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