March 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) A man convicted of killing former professional baseball player Rodney Craig when both men were homeless in downtown Los Angeles has been sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison.

Billy Morales was sentenced Monday in the August 2013 killing at a homeless encampment.

Prosecutors say Craig was living on the street and trying to stay at the encampment when other transients kicked him out. As Craig left, he reportedly tried to kick a dog.

Authorities say Morales chased Craig and stabbed him once in the chest.

Craig, an outfielder, played in four big-league seasons between 1979 and 1986 with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.

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