SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Former major leaguer Troy Neel has been sentenced five years of probation for failing to pay more than $700,000 in child support.
A federal judge in San Antonio on Thursday issued the sentence to the former Oakland Athletics first baseman, sparing him the maximum sentence of two years in prison because he would not have been able to pay child support while incarcerated.
Neel's debt makes him the biggest child support deadbeat in Texas history.
The judge ordered Neel to pay $779,000 in restitution.
The 43-year-old lived on a million-dollar South Pacific island
resort while $5,000 in missed monthly payments for his two children
stacked up. Neel played for the A's from 1992-94, then continued
his career in Japan and Korea before retiring in 2001.
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