Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Home New Release 10 suspects in 2019 David Ortiz shooting convicted, sentenced by Dominican court

10 suspects in 2019 David Ortiz shooting convicted, sentenced by Dominican court

A Dominican court convicted 10 people involved in the 2019 attempted killing of baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

Ortiz, a Dominican native, was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at close range while the former Red Sox slugger was at a bar with friends in a well-off neighborhood of Santo Domingo

Two men, including the alleged shooter Rolfi Ferreyra Cruz, were each sentenced to 30 years in prison by Santo Domingo’s First Collegiate Court.

Eight others received prison sentences of between 5 and 20 years. Three other defendants were acquitted due to insufficient evidence, including Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez, who was accused of planning the attack.

Read more:

Security video shows shooting of ex-Red Sox slugger David Ortiz

Story continues below advertisement

American private investigators hired by Ortiz said that the slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was targeted by a Dominican drug trafficker who was jealous of him.

The findings by former Boston police commissioner Edward Davis contradicted a previous theory by law enforcement in the Dominican Republic that the hitman was actually hired to shoot Ortiz’s cousin Sixto David Fernandez, who was sitting at the same table.

Dominican authorities said the hitmen confused Fernandez with Ortiz, one of the country’s most beloved ballplayers.

A fearsome power hitter with a ready smile, Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs before retiring in 2016. When he was shot, he was living part of the year in the Dominican Republic.


Click to play video: 'David Ortiz was not the intended target of shooting: police'


David Ortiz was not the intended target of shooting: police


Ortiz was seriously wounded in the June 2019 shooting. Doctors in the Dominican Republic removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the shooting and he underwent further surgery in the U.S.

Story continues below advertisement

Among the crimes for which the 10 men were sentenced were criminal organization, use of illegal firearms, attempted murder, and complicity, the court wrote in a statement.

Authorities noted that more details of the sentencing will be released on Feb. 8, 2023.

Janetsky reported from Havana. Associated Press writer Martin Jose Adames Alcantara contributed to this report from Santo Domingo.

&copy 2022 The Canadian Press

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Delissio disappearing: Sask. shoppers lament Nestlé pulling pizza and frozen meals

Nestlé Canada is closing down its frozen aisle of pizza and meals over the next few months. Delissio, Lean Cuisine, Stouffer’s and Life Cuisine...

Here’s why Meta is shutting down Echo VR

/ Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth shared some context about why the company is shutting down the beloved VR game. John Carmack has weighed...

RB Erlington re-signs with Ticats, source says QB Shiltz agrees to remain in Hamilton

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed running back Thomas Erlington and are rumoured to be on the verge of re-upping veteran quarterback Matthew Shiltz. Erlington, a...

FTC won’t appeal court decision permitting Meta to buy Within

/ The decision could spell trouble for a separate FTC suit challenging Microsoft’s purchase of Activision. Illustration by Nick Barclay / The...