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Former San Diego Padres pitcher pleads guilty in Phoenix domestic incident

Posted: 11:35 AM, Nov 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-19 19:54:49Z
Padres pitcher pleads in PHX domestic incident
Padres pitcher pleads in PHX domestic incident

A former relief pitcher with the San Diego Padres has pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault stemming from a December incident in Phoenix. 

According to court paperwork, Jose Torres (Muro) was indicted in December for aggravated assault (domestic violence) and criminal damage. 

The 24-year-old was arrested at his home near 112th Avenue and Indian School Road on December 23. 

Phoenix police say Muro was in an argument with his wife when he allegedly pointed a 9mm handgun at her. He later reportedly kicked a door off its hinges, "causing a small cut to the victim." He is also accused of punching a hole in another door. Muro is a Venezuelan national in the United States on a work visa. 

He has been out on bond, and his sentencing is scheduled for January 28, before Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson. 

Muro had been with the Padres for three years when he was released in October 2018.

The team issued a statement at the time of his arrest last December, saying: "We are aware of the allegations involving Jose Torres, and he will not be reporting to spring training. We take this matter very seriously and are fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the Commissioner's Office. We will not have any further comment at this time."