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Coastal Bend reacts to video of former Hooks player beating fiancee

The same video that got former Corpus Christi Hooks player Danry Vasquez in trouble back in 2016 has been made public, and it's gone viral.

Rudy Treviño, Taylor Alanis, Michelle Pedraza

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Published: 3/14/2018 6:41:08 PM
Updated: 11:43 AM CDT March 16, 2018

He did his time -- a year's probation -- after pleading guilty to assault family violence two years ago.

Now the same video that got former Corpus Christi Hooks player Danry Vasquez in trouble has been made public, and it's gone viral.

Warning: The video below may be too graphic for some viewers.

After the video's release, Vasquez was fired from the Lancaster Barnstormers, a minor league baseball team in Pennsylvania that he had been playing for as outfielder. Manager Ross Peeples said via a Facebook post: "There is no choice but to sever the relationship. Neither I, nor the Barnstormers' organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior."

The incident happened in 2016 in a stairwell at Whataburger Field, and the footage was not released until this week. It shows the now 24-year-old Venezuela resident beating a young woman, striking her at least a half-dozen times as they made their way down the stairs.

Major League Baseball suspended Vasquez shortly after he was arrested. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors for a misdemeanor offense.

"What is difficult, I think, for people to understand about this case is that it falls into the misdemeanor category under Texas law," said Matt Manning, Nueces County assistant district attorney. "Texas law prescribes that where there's not serious bodily injury and there's not choking and there's not other circumstances including a weapon, it falls into a misdemeanor."

While Vasquez was not able to attend the 24-week BIP, or Batterers Intervention Program, he did complete a similar program.

"Instead we had to require that he do courses elsewhere, but those courses were all intended at making sure that the assaultive conduct was remedied, which was our primary and paramount concern," Manning said.

Manning said the law, when it comes to family violence, is very specific, as is the range of punishment.

"Our focus is to remedy the conduct, and here if he were a person who had resided in Nueces County and first-time offender with no criminal history, this is a policy that we have enacted, that we have given to people from all levels of life," Manning said.

Making prosecution even more difficult was the fact that the victim in the case refused to file charges or testify against Vasquez.

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez released a statement Wednesday via Facebook.

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