Dodger Pitcher Set to Avoid Domestic Violence Charges


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, who was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery for allegedly shoving a woman to the ground in the parking lot of the Beverly Center, prompting Major League Baseball to place him on administrative leave, will avoid prosecution if he meets conditions announced today by the City Attorney's Office.

Urias, 22, who was booked and released from jail after posting $20,000 bail for the misdemeanor offense, will need to appear at an informal hearing at the City Attorney's Office to talk things out with the woman and then complete 52 weeks of counseling for domestic violence, according to TMZ, which first reported the news.

Prosecutors retain the right to charge Urias if he commits another violent attack within the year.

“We are deferring prosecution at this time because: 1) this incident did not result in any physical injury; 2) the victim at no point indicated to either the uniformed police officers or to civilian witnesses that she believed she was a victim; and 3) Mr. Urias has no record of prior criminal conduct,” according to a formal statement by the City Attorney's Office obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities said the alleged attack took place about 7:30 p.m. May 13 in the parking lot of the Beverly Center at 8500 Beverly Blvd.

TMZ reported that a witness called police saying the Dodger left- hander was in the parking lot arguing with a woman and shoved her to the ground.

Officers responded to the scene and spoke with the woman, who denied anything physical took place, insisting it was nothing more than a heated argument, according to TMZ.

Major League Baseball reinstated Urias after seven days. A further leave would have required an extension by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred under the players' collective bargaining agreement.

There was no immediate response to an email sent to the Dodgers seeking comment.

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