Man who attacked coach violates probation

Updated: March 11, 2006, 12:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The man who attacked Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa during a game has been sentenced to almost five years in prison for a probation violation.

Cook County Court Associate Judge Joseph M. Claps ruled Friday that William Ligue Jr. violated probation when he was charged in April 2004 with breaking into a car in suburban Harvey and leading police on a brief chase. Claps increased Ligue's sentence to 57 months in prison.

"Despite what [the original judge] decided to do in the case -- to give him a chance, he ignored that chance," Claps said.

Ligue was originally sentenced to 30 months of probation for two counts of aggravated battery in the September 2002 attack on Gamboa during a Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Ligue and his 15-year-old son beat the first base coach, resulting in a loss of hearing for Gamboa. Ligue's son was sentenced to five years of probation.

Assistant public defender Ed Ptacek said he planned to appeal the ruling.

Ligue's trial on the burglary charge is scheduled to begin Tuesday.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press