Russell Branyan Arrested: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2015

Cleveland Indians' Russell Branyan watches his ball after hitting a game-winning two-run single off Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard in the ninth inning in a baseball game on Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Cleveland. Indians' Trevor Crowe and Shin-Soo Choo scored. The Indians won 8-7. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Russell Branyan, a former Major League Baseball player who suited up for 10 teams over the course of 14 seasons, was arrested Monday evening for allegedly breaking into the home of his ex-wife, Jill Branyan, on Oct. 30.  

According to the warrant from Davidson County in Nashville, Tennessee, Branyan was arrested after the following events allegedly transpired: 

The defendant made entry into the residence of the victim without having the legal authority. The defendant and victim are divorced and the victim is the legal resident. The defendant entered while the victim was asleep and removed various items from the home. The defendant also tampered with the thermostat inside of the home, making it extremely cold. The defendant acknowleded [sic] to the witness that he had removed the items from the residence and now wanted to return them. All events took place in Davidson County Tennessee.

The warrant indicates Branyan was charged with felony aggravated burglary, which is a Class C charge in Tennessee. 

Branyan had a previous run-in with the law in 2008, when he was charged with domestic violence against his then-wife, per Joey Morona of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.     

According to filings from Shaker Heights Municipal Court, Branyan pleaded no contest to the domestic violence charge two days after entering a not-guilty plea. He was subsequently ordered to participate in one year of a first-offender program, which included counseling. 

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