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Monday, October 4, 2004
Attorney: Caminiti could be released Tuesday

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The attorney for former National League most valuable player Ken Caminiti said his client will go before a judge Tuesday and accept jail time for violating his probation.

Ken Caminiti

With time already served, Caminiti could be released, lawyer Terry Yates told Houston television station KRIV in a report aired Monday night.

"What we anticipate is going before the judge and accepting a sentence, going and pleading true to the allegations, accepting a sentence of 180 days in jail, have the judge sentence him," Yates said. "We believe that we've got sufficient back time or credit in the jail for Ken to be released tomorrow."

Caminiti, a former Houston Astro, has been in the Harris County Jail since Sept. 10 for violating the terms of his probation stemming from cocaine possession in 2002. His probation officer has said he has failed four drug tests since going on probation.

Caminiti acknowledged during his playing days he had been an alcoholic. He told a magazine he was using performance-enhancing drugs when he won the 1996 MVP award as a member of the San Diego Padres.

"He is ready to move on with his life," Yates said.