Childhood friend of Bronson Arroyo gets just SIX months behind bars for stealing baseball star's boat and selling it after pitcher refused to give him $5million

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The Florida man who stole the boat of baseball star Bronson Arroyo was sentenced to six months in prison by a Miami judge this week.

Anthony Acosta was a childhood friend of Arroyo's who became his personal assistant in the early aughts, working for the pitcher for close to a decade as his personal assistant before being fired due to poor job performance.

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It was shortly after he was fired that Acosta stole Arroyo's boat, created a fake deed and sold the sea vessel for $22,000 while the baseball star was in Arizona playing for the Diamondbacks.

The boat was worth approximately $170,000 at the time.

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Arroyo finally learned the boat had been stolen and sold when the new owner contacted him about the fact that there was a $100,000 lien on vessel.

Police arrested Acosta soon after, and he was charged with grand theft and forgery.

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He entered a guilty plea earlier this week, and on Wednesday Judge Milton Hirsch sentenced him to six months behind bars followed by four years probation.

Acosta agreed to a plea in the case just before it was set to head to trial later this month.

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It also came after Arroyo gave a deposition in the case, which was obtained by the Miami Herald.

The timing worked out great for the baseball star as well, who started spring training with the Cincinnati Reds earlier this month after revealing stem-cell injections had improved the condition of the problematic elbow that ended his season last year.

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Arroyo is signed to the team's minor league program, but with an invitation to train as a non-roster player.

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