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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Albert Belle pleads guilty to stalking ex-girlfriend

Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Former major-league slugger Albert Belle has pleaded guilty to one count of stalking his ex-girlfriend, authorities said Wednesday.

Belle, who remains jailed here, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24 in Maricopa County Superior Court -- the day before his 40th birthday.

Prosecutors said Belle faces at least a 90-day jail sentence plus supervised probation and must avoid all contact with the victim.

Belle was arrested May 17 at his Scottsdale home and prosecutors said he will not get credit for time already served.

Scottsdale police arrested Belle after they investigated allegations that he made harassing telephone calls to his former girlfriend and violated a court order prohibiting contact with her.

The felony stalking charge was filed in February. Belle's ex-girlfriend told police that she discovered a Global Positioning System tracking device that had fallen off her car in January and that Belle had threatened her.

The volatile Belle often ran into trouble on and off the field during his playing days.

A five-time All-Star outfielder, Belle hit 381 career home runs in a 12-year career that began with the Cleveland Indians in 1989.

He also played for the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore before retiring in 2000 after his second season with the Orioles.