August 25, 2008: Angel Villalona of the Augusta GreenJackets at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
San Francisco Giants first base prospect Angel Villalona, who by all accounts became a millionaire when he signed with the Giants, is awaiting trial for the shooting death of a 25-year-old man in the Dominican Republic, according to reports from the Associated Press.
According to the reports, Villalona, 19, who last played against the Drive in Greenville last year when he was with Class A Augusta, turned himself in to police the day after a man was shot in a bar in La Romana last month.
According to the AP report, Villalona, who pleaded innocent, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. I scanned the Web to see if I could find anything new about the case, but I suspect justice moves slowly in some parts of the world.
In a statement, the Giants said, “We will monitor the situation closely and trust that the judicial process in the Dominican Republic will resolve the matter promptly and fairly.”