By Matt Snyder
Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon has been acquitted of an involuntary manslaughter charge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He had been charged in the death of 25-year-old Michel Castillo Almonte, who was killed last New Year's Eve. Simon was initially accused of having fired his gun into the air in celebratory fashion, only to have the bullet come down and take Almonte's life. But according to the Associated Press, defense attorney Dinora Dilone said that experts testified the bullet that took Almonte's life did not come from Simon's gun and that there were no eyewitnesses who saw Simon fire his gun.
Simon, 30, was held for nearly two months in prison earlier this year while awaiting his charges. There was also a lawsuit by the victim's family against Simon but it has been dropped. He faced up to two years in prison if convicted.
Simon was 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA and 1.45 WHIP for the Orioles this season. He made 16 starts and worked a career-high 115 2/3 innings.
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