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Ex-Baseball Star Montefusco Jailed

October 21, 1997

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) _ Former San Francisco Giants pitcher John Montefusco, charged last week with beating and raping his ex-wife, remained jailed Monday _ unable to raise $6,000 bail.

Montefusco, 47, of Middletown, allegedly went to the Marlboro home of Doris D. Montefusco, cut the telephone wires and held her captive for 1 1/2 hours.

The incident came less than three weeks after Montefusco allegedly threatened to kill her if she didn’t have sex with him.

He is charged with aggravated sexual assault, making terroristic threats, aggravated assault, burglary, simple assault and criminal mischief.

Bail was set at $60,000, but he could have been released by posting $6,000, Monmouth County Prosecutor John Kaye said.

``The wife is in great fear of him, which is why we thought we’d have to increase the bail. Apparently, that won’t be necessary,″ Kaye said.

According to Kaye, the ex-wife had filed domestic violence complaints against Montefusco several times, including two in the last year, but later withdrew them.

Montefusco has asked for a public defender to represent him, but he apparently has not obtained one yet. He was not represented in court Monday.

He will remain in jail pending presentation of the case to a grand jury in about two months, Kaye said.

If convicted, Montefusco could face up to 20 years in prison.

Montefusco, nicknamed ``The Count″ in his playing days, was the 1975 National League rookie of the year and played with four different teams over his 13-year career.

He is currently a pitching instructor for the Tampa Yankees, a minor league team.

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