Things are not looking good for D-backs announcers. Another Arizona Diamondbacks announcer is charged with felony. Miguel Perez Quintana, the Spanish play-by-play announcer, has been charged with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon when he allegedly held a knife to his wife’s throat and threatened to kill her. This just happened to come on the heels of former D-backs announcer Mark Grace finishing his jail time for his second DUI. Grace was found guilty of his second DUI, this time with a suspended license from the previous arrest. DUI on a suspended license automatically bumps his charge from a possible misdemeanor to a class four felony for Aggravated DUI. Aggravated DUIs in Arizona stay on your record for the rest of your life and can always be used to increase jail time with future offenses as a repeat offender. That means that 50 years from now the court can give a harsher jail sentence because of this Aggravated DUI. We do not know yet what might happen to Mr. Quintana but the charge of an Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon is a Class 3 felony which could also remain on his record for the rest of his life.
Mark Grace was part of the Diamondbacks World Series Championship team in 2001 before he retired in 2003. Grace was known for his in game intelligence and good decision making but now he is a repeat DUI offender. The Arizona court do not go easy on repeat offenders. Grace not only received jail time and fines upon his conviction, but lost his contract as an announcer for the Arizona Diamondback. While Mr. Quintana’s case is still pending it is not likely that the court will go easy on him either.
Hopefully Mr. Quintana will get a good lawyer and is able to recover from this. The D-back announcers should be able to get their lives back on track, but convictions can affect every portion of someone’s life so it will not be easy.