Attack on David Ortiz

In total, nine people were sentenced for the attack on Ortiz, while another three were acquitted for lack of evidence.

Rolfi Ferreras Cruz, the man accused of attempting to assassinate Dominican baseball player David Ortiz in 2019, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison, authorities in the Dominican Republic announced.

More than three years after the fact, the shooter learned of the decision at a hearing held last Monday, although it is unknown if Ortiz was present.

However, Cruz was not the only one who was sentenced at the end of the trial. At least nine more people also received the verdict for the act.

One of them, Miguel Rodríguez Mota, also received a heavy sentence of 20 years in prison because, according to prosecutors, he was the one who paid “to carry out the act.”

However, the alleged mastermind of the act, Víctor Hugo Gómez Vásquez, was not sentenced because the court did not gather a sufficient amount of evidence that linked him to the assassination.

Investigations also assumed that Ortiz was not the target of the attack. The author Cruz made a mistake when executing the shot and originally planned to execute a man named Sixto David Fernández, who allegedly reported the location of a local drug dealer to the police.

The attack on Ortiz took place in June 2019 while he was enjoying a bar in his Dominican country.

Upon receiving the impact of the bullet, the doctors indicated that his liver and intestines were seriously affected, which required multiple surgeries.

Fortunately for the former baseball player and his fans, he ended up recovering and became an analyst for the Fox network, as well as being able to be present at the beginning of 2022 to attend Cooperstown for his induction ceremony into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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