CHICAGO -- A man who attacked an umpire at a Chicago White
Sox game this year pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery.
Eric Dybas was immediately sentenced to six months in jail and
30 months of probation. He had faced up to five years in prison.
Dybas, 25, of Bolingbrook, was arrested and charged April 15
after he ran onto the field during a White Sox home game against
the Kansas City Royals and tried to tackle umpire Laz Diaz.
Dybas, who was overpowered by Royals players before he could
hurt Diaz, was the second man convicted this year for attacking
game officials at U.S. Cellular Field but the first one sentenced
In the other case, William Ligue Jr. was sentenced to 30 months'
probation for a September 2002 attack that resulted in permanent
hearing damage to Royals coach Tom Gamboa.
Dybas will serve the first part of his sentence in jail, but he
could be out of jail in 85 days after time off for good behavior
and a five-day credit for time already spent in custody, officials
Dybas was told to undergo alcohol abuse treatment if recommended
by adult probation services.