Men sentenced for shooting baseball player David Ortiz

Ten men were convicted Tuesday of the attempted murder of Hall of Famer David Ortiz when the gunman confused Ortiz with someone who was seated next to him.

The hitman mistook Ortiz for his cousin Sixto David Fernandez. 

After he was shot, Ortiz underwent two surgeries in the U.S. and another in the Dominican Republic. He was targeted by a Dominican drug trafficker who was envious of him.

Ortiz, known as “Big Papi,” who played for Boston Red Sox, was shot in the back in 2019 while sitting at a bar in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.  He stands 6’3” and weighs 230 pounds.

Two men, including Rolfi Ferreyra Cruz, 27, and EddyVladimir Féliz García, 26, were each sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Eight others were sentenced to between five and 20 years in prison. Three others were acquitted of all charges.

Ortiz led the Red Sox to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.  He was also named MVP. 

Ortiz resigned from the Red Sox following the 2016 season. 

He has now launched a line of cannabis products.