A former Los Angeles Angels employee was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison for supplying Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with drugs that led to his death in Texas.
When Judge Terry R. When Means read his sentence, he did not react. Kay faced at least 20 years in prison on one of the two counts.
Prior to sentencing there was no reaction from Skaggs’ widow and mother or from members of Kay’s family, including one of his sons, who testified on his behalf.
On Tuesday, Skaggs’ family released a statement.
“We are very grateful to all who worked so hard to investigate and prosecute Eric K. Today’s sentence is not related to the number of years the defendant received. The real issue in this case is holding those responsible accountable,” the family said. who distribute fentanyl, a deadly drug that kills thousands of people and destroys families in our country every year. We will continue to fight to hold accountable those who supplied the deadly drug to Kay Tyler. was allowed. Without his actions, Tyler would still be with us today. »
Prosecutors presented evidence that Kay, 48, made disparaging comments about Skaggs, his family, prosecutors and jurors in phone calls and emails following his February sentencing.
There was emotional testimony from both sides in federal court in Fort Worth, where the Angels were to begin a four-game series against the Rangers on July 1, 2019, the day Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room. Suburban Dallas.
K was convicted in one case of distributing drugs causing death and conspiracy.
A coroner’s report said Skaggs, 27, choked on his own vomit and had a toxic mix of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone in his system.
The lawsuit included testimony from five major league players who said they received oxycodone pills from Kay several times between 2017 and 2019.