A former Los Angeles Angels employee was convicted Thursday of providing the team’s pitcher Tyler Skags the drugs that caused his death overdose in Texas.
Eric Kay was found guilty on one count of drug distribution which caused one death and another drug-related collusion. He faces a life sentence when he is sentenced on June 28.
Skaggs’ widow, Carli, and the former player’s mother, Debbie, hugged as the verdict was announced.. Kay took off her jacket and tie, put handcuffs on her, and nodded to her family and friends in the courtroom.
The jury, made up of 10 women and two men, announced the verdict in federal court in downtown Fort Worthabout 15 miles (24 kilometers) from where the Angels would play the first of four games in a series against the Texas Rangers on July 1, 2019. That was the day Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room in suburban Dallas.
“Obviously we were disappointed with the verdict. We thought there was a lot of reason to doubt the prosecution’s case,” said Reagan Wynn, one of Kay’s attorneys. “ANDThis is a tragedy from the start. Eric Kay will receive a minimum of 20 years lockup in a federal penitentiary and up. And Tyler Skaggs is dead.”
According to the coroner’s report, Skaggs, 27, choked on his vomitand they detected a combination of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone in the organism.
“This case is a serious reminder: Fentanyl kills. Anyone who sells fentanyl, whether on the streets or in the world of a world-famous ballpark, puts their buyers at risk.. No one is immune to this deadly drug,” US Attorney Chad E. Meacham said in a statement.
The trial included testimonials from major league players who said they received oxycodone pills from Kay on various occasions from 2017 to 2019, the years when he was accused of obtaining the pills and giving them to players.