MIAMI ? Jose Canseco was released from jail and sentenced to two years? house arrest Monday for his part in a nightclub brawl.
The former major league star, wearing a jail-issue red jumpsuit, apologized to the court for failing to complete all terms of his prior probation. His twin brother, Ozzie, was in the courtroom, as was his father and a priest.
?I now understand the seriousness of probation and I?m truly sorry,? Canseco told the judge.
Canseco also received three years? probation. He had spent the last 30 days in jail for violating his probation when he pleaded guilty to battery charges stemming from the Oct. 31, 2001, fight.
The 38-year-old Canseco was released on the probation violation charge, but Judge Leonard Glick warned him that any future violation would result in a 15-year prison sentence.
Canseco originally was sentenced to probation in November after pleading guilty to felony aggravated battery and two counts of misdemeanor battery related to the Halloween night fight inside a Miami Beach nightclub. Glick, known for issuing stiff sentences to probation violators, ordered that the house arrest be served in Florida. He denied a motion by defense attorney Gustavo Lage that Canseco be allowed to serve the house arrest in California where he could continue pursuing custody of his 6-year-old daughter.
Glick had issued a warrant for Canseco?s arrest on Feb. 14, after a probation officer reported that the six-time All-Star had violated several terms of his probation. Canseco had failed to attend anger management classes, had not worked his community service, had been outside of Florida for longer than 30 days and still owed a small fine ? all violations of his probation.
Canseco appeared before Glick on Feb. 18 and said he had been in Los Angeles because of a custody battle for his young daughter. The judge denied Canseco bond and ordered him held until Monday?s sentencing hearing.
Canseco said last month that he unsuccessfully tried to arrange the anger management classes, misunderstood the timeframe during which his community service was supposed to begin, and spent several weeks in Los Angeles.?