Eric Kay, a former Los Angeles Angels worker, was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison on Tuesday for having provided drugs to the pitcher Tyler Skaggs that led to his overdose death in Texas.
Kay, 48, who was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means in Fort Value, had faced no less than 20 years in prison after being convicted in February of conspiracy to own with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to own with intent to distribute a controlled substance leading to death and serious bodily injury.
In line with The Associated Press, Kay, wearing an orange jumpsuit with handcuffs and leg shackles, didn’t react when the judge read his sentence. There was also no visible response from Skaggs’s widow and his mother or members of Kay’s family.
Skaggs’s family issued a press release following the sentencing.
“We’re very grateful to everyone who worked so hard to analyze and prosecute Eric Kay,” the statement said. “Today’s sentencing isn’t concerning the variety of years the defendant received. The true issue on this case is holding accountable the people who find themselves distributing the deadly drug fentanyl. It’s killing tens of 1000’s of individuals every yr in our country and destroying families together with it.
“We are going to proceed the fight to carry responsible those that allowed Kay to offer a deadly drug to Tyler. But for his or her actions, Tyler would still be with us today.”
On the sentencing hearing, prosecutors introduced a few of Kay’s jailhouse calls and emails into evidence in hopes of demonstrating Kay’s lack of remorse.
Within the calls and emails, Kay attacked Skaggs’s character, mocked the Skaggs family, demeaned the jury that convicted him and implied the complete proceeding was an attempt by the Skaggs family to get money in a civil suit.
“All they see are dollar signs,” Kay said. “They might get more cash with him dead than he was playing.”
The trial, which had played out over two weeks in February, explored drug use amongst Major League Baseball players, several of whom, when testifying, admitted to acquiring opioids through Kay. Matt Harvey, a former pitcher for the Mets who was a teammate of Skaggs’s with the Angels in 2019, discussed his own cocaine use, in addition to his use of opioids. He and others portrayed Kay as a team worker who was known for with the ability to get players the drugs they sought, whilst he dealt together with his own addiction to pills.
Skaggs, who, multiple witnesses testified, had an addiction to the opioid Percocet earlier in his profession, was said to have sent teammates to Kay through the years so Kay could acquire drugs for them.
Federal prosecutors said Skaggs’s death in a hotel room in July 2019 got here consequently of choking to death on his vomit consequently of pills provided to him by Kay that looked like oxycodone but were actually fentanyl, a more powerful opioid. A medical expert and a number of other toxicologists testified that it was the fentanyl in Skaggs’s system that led to his death.