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'Real Housewives' husband Matt Keough sentenced to 180 days in jail

By Christopher Rocchio, 01/14/2008 

Matt Keough didn't receive much face time as Jeana's husband on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County, and it looks like he still won't be seen around the O.C. anytime soon.

The 52-year-old former Major League Baseball pitcher was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Friday after admitting he violated the terms of his probation by drinking at a Marriott hotel bar in December, the North County Times reported Friday.

Keough was scheduled for arraignment on Monday, however he pleaded guilty on Friday at the Harbor Justice Center before Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Borris, according to  He could reportedly serve about 110 days with good time credits.

Keough was arrested on December 18 for violating his probation after Newport Beach, CA police found him drinking at the bar of a local Marriott hotel.

His probation stems from a 2005 incident in which he failed to stop at a red light and crashed his SUV into a stopped vehicle that then hit and injured a man who was walking his bicycle across the street intersection.  Keough then fled the scene and was found at a nearby store.  His blood alcohol level was reportedly "2.5 times the legal limit" when administered a breathalyzer test, leading to his arrest on felony DUI charges.

After spending a combined six months in two different posh rehab programs, Keough eventually pleaded guilty to drunk driving and spent three months in jail.  As part of his release, his probation required him not to consume any alcohol.  He was arrested in December after a Newport Beach police officer recognized The Real Housewives husband and was aware he's not supposed to be drinking.

The new arrest came after Keough had been released from the Newport Beach City Jail on December 12 following a seven-week stay there due to an earlier parole violation in which a probation officer had caught him drinking at home.

Keough made his Major League debut in 1977 and retired in 1986.  After retiring as a player, he spent seven years working as a minor league scout for the Anaheim Angels.  In 1992, he was sitting in the dugout during a Spring Training game when he was struck in the right side of the head by a foul line drive, causing him to undergo life-saving brain surgery. 

Most recently, Keough worked as a special assistant to the general manager of the Oakland A's, the team he played with for the first six years of his MLB career.  He reportedly left that position last year.

Jeana Keough publicly announced she had separated from Matt during The Real Housewives' still-airing third season.

While Keough's defense attorney Joseph McGinley could not be reached from comment by the Times, he had previously stated he was working on getting his client "the treatment that he needs."

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