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Cubs In The News: Grace Sentenced To Four Months In Jail; Marmol Denies Domestic Assault Allegations

By Chuck Sudo in News on Feb 1, 2013 4:45PM

2013_2_1_gracie.jpg It’s been an eventful 24 hours for two players with Cubs ties. Is it too late for them to say “wait until next year?”

Former Cubs/Diamondbacks first baseman, champion drinker and fabled cocksman Mark Grace was sentenced to four months in jail after he pleaded guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. Grace, who was fired from his Diamondbacks color analyst job last season after he earned his second DUI arrest in 15 months, originally pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of aggravated DUI and was scheduled to go on trial next month. He’ll begin serving his sentence Feb. 10 and will be allowed to leave Maricopa County Jail for work. No word on whether Grace will enter jail as a Cub or Diamondback.

That pales in comparison to the hot water Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, who denies assault charges that were filed against him in the Dominican Republic earlier this week. 24-year-old Miledys Mejia Cepeda filed the complaint Wednesday According to Cepeda, she met Marmol at a bar in the town of Sonador, where Marmol allegedly assaulted her and later kidnapped her.

Marmol’s attorney said his client is innocent and is currently working out in Arizona ahead of Cubs spring training opening Feb. 8. Dominican Republic officials are investigating the case.