Ex-Angels employee found guilty in overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs


Los Angeles Angels staffer Eric Kay was discovered responsible Thursday on fees he supplied the medicine that killed pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

The Texas jury additionally discovered Kay responsible on one rely of drug distribution leading to dying and one rely of drug conspiracy. He faces as much as life in jail.

Skaggs was 27 when he was discovered useless on July 1, 2019, having choked to dying on his personal vomit, earlier than the beginning of what was purported to be a four-game sequence towards the Texas Rangers.

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was discovered useless on July 1, 2019.
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A coroner’s report discovered a poisonous mixture of alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone in his system.

Kay, a public relations director for the baseball crew, was accused of offering the pitcher with counterfeit oxycodone tablets that contained fentanyl. On the time, Kay had simply rejoined the crew on the street after a stint in rehab.

The responsible verdict got here down after lower than three hours of deliberation.

Eric Kay faces up to life in prison.
Eric Kay faces as much as life in jail.
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Skaggs’ widow and mom hugged after the decision was introduced. Kay nodded in the direction of household and associates within the courtroom as he eliminated his jacket and tie and was positioned in handcuffs.

The trial within the Northern District of Texas included testimony from 5 main league baseball pitchers who all mentioned they’d acquired oxycodone from Kay whereas they have been a part of the Angels’ bullpen.

Amongst them, Matt Harvey, former Mets pitcher and All-Star, acknowledged receiving oxycodone tablets from Kay. In the course of the testimony, he additionally admitted to cocaine use whereas with the Mets.

Harvey mentioned he testified solely as a result of he’d been granted immunity from prosecution.

Matt Harvey acknowledged receiving oxycodone pills from Eric Kay.
Pitcher Matt Harvey acknowledged receiving oxycodone tablets from Eric Kay.
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Former Angels’ pitchers Cam Bedrosian and Blake Parker testified as effectively, saying Skagg’s dying made them cease utilizing oxycodone.

“All of these folks have been one capsule away from dying alone in a lodge room from a drug that Eric Kay gave them,” lead prosecutor Lindsey Beran mentioned in her closing argument.

Reagan Wynn, an legal professional for Kay, expressed his disappointment after the trial.

“We thought there have been many causes to doubt the federal government’s case,” he mentioned. “This can be a tragedy all the way in which round. Eric Kay is on the brink of do, minimal, 20 years in a federal penitentiary and it goes up from there. And Tyler Skaggs is gone.”

Skaggs’ household mentioned the decision introduced them “reduction,” in a press release reported by the Los Angeles Occasions.

“Tyler was the sunshine of our household,” the assertion mentioned. “He’s gone, and nothing can ever carry him again. We’re relieved that justice was served, though in the present day is a painful reminder of the worst day within the lifetime of our household.”

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