Former Cub And Diamondback Mark Grace Faces Jail Time
Joe Levine 11:18 am, October 28th, 2012
Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace's life since ending his playing days has been a troubled one riddled with DUI charge after DUI charge. Well, those DUIs have added up and now Grace could face nearly four years in prison.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Authorities said Grace faces between one and 3.75 years in prison on each count, but the sentences would likely be imposed concurrently if he’s convicted because they relate to one incident.
Grace, 48, could face less time if he pleads guilty to reduced charges, according to authorities who said he’s not probation eligible because it was his second DUI charge in a 15-month span.
It's always sad to see former athletes fall on hard times. Not to excuse Grace for his DUIs, because that's obviously indefensible, but his drunk driving is likely an indication of a deeper issue that needs resolving. Maybe this is the years of watching the Cubs on WGN talking, but I always though of Mark Grace as a good guy, hopefully hitting rock-bottom like this helps him right the ship, even if it means he has to serve jail time to do so.