According to ESPN:
The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.
Grace was arrested last August in Scottsdale — his second drunken driving arrest in 15 months — and could have faced more than three years in prison. He had pleaded not guilty in October to four felony counts of aggravated DUI and was scheduled to go on trial March 19.
The Diamondbacks fired him as their analyst after the August arrest but later invited him to participate in a fantasy camp.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says the jail sentence begins Feb. 10. Grace must also serve two years of probation.
Last September I wrote that Grace was facing a minimum 4 months, and a maximum of 3.75 years, in prison for this offense, which occurred at a time when he was only permitted to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). Guess what? He driving a vehicle that didn’t have one.
The sentence has some people wondering if Grace got off soft because he is a celebrity. Here’s part of an Arizona article:
Grace originally faced four felony counts, but as part of his plea deal, a judge sentenced him for one felony and a misdemeanor. The maximum he could have faced was more than 12 years in prison, instead the judge ordered four months in jail.
DUI attorney Scott Maasen isn’t on the case, but he said Grace’s attorneys negotiated a good deal.
“You know, it’s a pretty exceptional result,” Maasen said.
Especially with the State granting Grace’s work release.
“He gets to be released for up to about 12 hours a day. So in essence, he’s going to be sleeping at a county jail for the next four months,” said Maasen.
The Diamondbacks say during his jail time, Grace will continue coaching during spring training and working with the minor league team.
In a statement, staff said “He has a lot that he can teach our young players, both on and off the field, and he’s part of the D-backs family.”
What do you think?