Albert Belle sentenced to jail, probation in stalking case

PHOENIX -- Former major-league slugger Albert Belle was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years' supervised probation Thursday in a case in which he admitted stalking his former girlfriend.

Belle, 39, pleaded guilty in July to one felony stalking count. He was been arrested and charged in February, then arrested again May 17 at his Scottsdale home after he again contacted the victim. He has been jailed since the second arrest and received credit for time served only since he entered his plea.

Belle's former girlfriend told police in January that she discovered a Global Positioning System tracking device that had fallen off her car. She also said 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 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.

Superior Court Judge James Keppel warned Belle that if he contacts the victim again, he will send him to prison.