NEW YORK (AP) - A New York Mets fan has been banned from Shea Stadium for three years after pleading guilty on Tuesday to shining a high-powered flashlight at a pair of Atlanta Braves players last month.
Frank Martinez, 40, of the Bronx, also must spend 15 days in jail as part of his sentence for interfering with a professional sporting event.
``In a game in which the ball can travel upward of 110 mph, the defendant's actions were dangerous to both spectators and players,'' Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.
Authorities said that on April 20, while seated behind home plate, Martinez turned the beam on Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and shortstop Edgar Renteria. The Braves were leading 7-0 at the time.
Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who called time and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found ``a small, streamline flashlight'' in his backpack, authorities said.
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