Ex-MLB pitcher Sergio Mitre sentenced to prison in Mexico after rape, murder of 22-month old

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Pitcher Sergio Mitre of Tomateros de Culiacan of Mexico
Sergio Mitre, seen here with the Mexican national team in 2018, was sentenced to 40-to-60 years in prison in Mexico this week. (Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images)

Former MLB pitcher Sergio Mitre was sentenced to prison in Mexico this week after he was found guilty of raping and murdering the 22-month-old daughter of his former girlfriend.

Mitre, 41, was found guilty on Wednesday night and sentenced to 40-to-60 years in prison, according to NJ.com.

Per the report, Mitre attacked the baby in July 2020 in Saltillo, Mexico, after he and his former girlfriend got into an argument. The baby died from hypovolemic shock after she was reportedly struck in the abdomen and back and sustained a ruptured renal artery. Mitre’s former girlfriend took her daughter to a local clinic, per NJ.com, but they were sent home after she was diagnosed with stomach pain. The baby’s condition worsened, and she later died at a hospital.

Mitre was arrested later that month for possession of marijuana, and was charged with rape and murder days later.

Mitre was also ordered to pay more than $66,000 in restitution, per The Miami Herald.

Mitre pitched in the league from 2003-2011 for the Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers. He made 64 starts and held a 5.21 career ERA. He was on the Yankees during the 2009 season when they won the World Series, though Mitre was not on the postseason roster and had served a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Mitre had been playing in the Mexican Baseball League with the Saraperos de Saltillo, though he was released and suspended indefinitely after his arrest last year.

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