Dominican Republic court has sentenced 10 of the 13 people charged in the attempted murder of former Major League Baseball player David Ortiz, Diario Libre reported.

Meanwhile, three of the defendants were acquitted for lack of evidence, including Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez, the alleged mastermind of the attack.

The offenders who received the highest punishments, Eddy Vladimir Féliz García and Rolfi Ferreyra Cruz, were sentenced to 30 years in jail by the judges of the First Collegiate Court of Santo Domingo Este on Dec. 26.

In a video, Rolfi Ferreyra can be seen shooting the victim while attempting to fire another shot before the pistol jams.

Feliz García is the one who transferred Rolfi Ferreyra to the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo Este, on Sunday, June 9, 2019, the place where the attack occurred.

Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, who was also found guilty, was sentenced to 20 years in jail. Oliver Moisés Mirabal Acosta and José Eduardo Ciprian Lebrón received ten-year prison terms, while Gabriel Alexander Féliz Vizcaíno received a nine-year sentence.

Joel Rodriguez de la Cruz, meanwhile, was found guilty and given a six-year, six-month term.

Julio César la Hoz and Porfirio Allende Dechamps Vásquez (Nene) each received a five-year prison term.

Using the available evidence, the judges concluded that Junior Julio César de la Hoz "developed very extensive relationships in his participation" in the scheme.

De la Hoz claimed that Víctor Hugo was the one who contacted him about hiring hitmen to kill Sixto David Fernández, the intended victim of the sinister scheme.

Although the defendants accuse Víctor Hugo, the judges affirmed that the recordings and overheard discussions do not demonstrate his involvement, which is why he was discharged.

According to De la Hoz's claims, Víctor Hugo made a 30,000 dollar offer to carry out the crime.

Víctor Hugo was furious with Sixto because he would have revealed his involvement in alleged drug sales to the authorities, which is what led to the assassination attempt on Sixto, said reports from the Public Ministry's investigations.

Julio César de la Hoz accepted an agreement with the Public Ministry to admit the facts along with seven other defendants.

The defendants declared not guilty were Bernardo Rodríguez Valenzuela, Carlos Rafael Álvarez, and Víctor Hugo Gómez Vásquez.

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