Friday, November 2, 2012

Rodriguez, A Milwaukee Brewer Relief Pitcher Charged In Domestic Abuse Case

Francisco Rodriguez

Fiancé left the country to avoid testifying against Rodriguez in a domestic abuse case.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 2, 2012

Waukesha, WI - On Thursday, the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office charged Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez, 30, of Coral Springs, Florida, a relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers with one misdemeanor count for disorderly conduct stemming from a domestic abuse case, which was amended from battery domestic abuse also a misdemeanor. Rodriguez allegedly punched, kicked and beat his 23-year-old fiancé on September 18, according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint stated that Rodriguez beat his fiancé after she accused him of cheating. His fiancé who has a child from Rodriguez called the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department from their Town of Wales residence. When deputies arrived at the residence, they found Rodriguez' fiancé crying and hiding in a closet. Deputies reported that the battered woman had suffered a noise bleed, had her hair pulled, injured an upper left shoulder blade, had a bruised upper left thigh, also injured her left hand near her wrist after Rodriguez threw her to the floor and then began to repeatedly kick her, according to the complaint.
Rodriguez than dragged and forced her into his truck and drove around the vicinity. She pleaded with Rodriguez to take her to the hospital because she couldn't move her arm and was suffering from injuries, but Rodriguez went back home and attempted to take away phones to keep her from calling 911.
The fiancé went upstairs and called 911 for help. Rodriguez was arrested by deputies.
Two days later, she recanted her story to sheriff investigators and didn't want to testify. She blamed herself for the altercation with Rodriguez. She later left the country and went back to Velenzuela.
The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office decided to amended the charges and charged Rodriguez with a lesser charge for disorderly conduct instead of battery domestic abuse. He was facing 9 months in jail and $10,000 in fines on the battery charge.
If convicted, Rodriguez is facing 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for the disorderly charge. He is expected back in court on November 12.
Rodriguez became a relief pitcher for the Brewers in 2011 after signing a contract. He is making $8M for 2012 as a free agent, according to the Brewers.

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