Ex-Mets pitcher convicted of assault

March 13, 2009 4:44:23 AM PDT
Former New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos has been convicted of throwing his girlfriend against a wall and punching her in a motel. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Prosecutors say a jury on Thursday convicted the 24-year-old Burgos of assaulting the woman in September 2008. He faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced April 3.

District Attorney Richard Brown's office says Burgos threw his then-girlfriend against a wall and repeatedly punched and slapped her when she tried to leave. Prosecutors say Burgos then stepped on the woman and pummeled her as she lay on the floor.

Burgos' lawyer, Edgar De Leon, didn't immediately return an after-hours message seeking comment.

The Mets released Burgos in December.

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