Jury finds ex-Angles staffer guilty of distributing fentanyl and causing death of Tyler Skaggs – What We Know!

Jury finds ex-Angles staffer guilty of distributing fentanyl and causing death of Tyler Skaggs
FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal jury discovered former Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay responsible on two felony counts Thursday, agreeing with the federal government that he distributed the lethal drug fentanyl and induced the loss of life of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Kay, who received’t be sentenced till June 28, faces a minimal of 20 years in jail.

The jury took lower than two hours to deliberate after the eight-day trial, which noticed eight main league gamers take the witness stand, 5 of whom admitted to their very own drug use.

Skaggs, 27, died July 1, 2019, whereas on a group journey to Texas after ingesting oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol. Kay had admitted to offering oxycodone to Skaggs and the opposite gamers, however the protection stated the 2 males had been merely fellow addicts with an settlement that Skaggs would pay for his or her medication and Kay would deal with transactions. Kay didn’t testify within the trial.

Kay and his household sat in surprised silence after the decision was learn, whereas just a few toes away Skaggs’ widow, Carli, and his mom, Debbie Hetman, wept and embraced one another.

“We’re clearly upset with the decision,” protection legal professional Reagan Wynn stated. “There aren’t any winners on this. It’s only a tragedy throughout.”

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Hetman declined to remark as she left the courtroom, however her attorneys issued a press release on behalf of the household: “We’re very grateful to the federal government and the jury for seeing this essential case via to the precise verdict. Tyler was the sunshine of our household. He’s gone, and nothing can ever carry him again. We’re relieved that justice was served, though at the moment is a painful reminder of the worst day within the lifetime of our household.”

In her closing argument, assistant U.S. legal professional Lindsey Beran informed the jury, “We informed you at the start of this case that this case was about one individual, that on June 30, 2019, there was one individual texting with Tyler Skaggs about drugs: Eric Kay. On June 30, there was one individual Tyler invited to his resort room: Eric Kay. And on June 30, there was one one that went to his resort room and induced his loss of life: Eric Kay.”

In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif.

Protection legal professional Michael Molfetta attacked the federal government’s case in his closing argument, saying it was “reverse engineered” to get Kay due to Skaggs’ celeb: “Do you assume if Eric Kay was useless we’d be right here?”

Molfetta additionally stated final accountability for Skaggs’ loss of life lay with the late pitcher himself.

“When does a grown man who’s residing a lifetime of full luxurious and privilege — he doesn’t even carry his personal baggage — when does he take accountability for his personal actions?” he informed the jury. “Tyler Skaggs didn’t deserve this; nobody does. However he was chargeable for it.”

By the beautiful swiftness of the jury’s verdict, a number of legal professionals within the courtroom stated it was clear jurors had made up their minds lengthy earlier than closing arguments.

The saga started in 2017 when Skaggs and Kay met, quickly starting a relationship by which two opioid customers crushed and snorted drugs within the clubhouse. Kay informed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration brokers in 2019 that Skaggs launched him to a vendor, and paid for each males’s medication whereas Kay dealt with the transactions. Over the subsequent few seasons, Skaggs linked at the very least 4 different Angels gamers with Kay, telling them that Kay may present them with oxycodone.

On June 30, 2019, the Angels flew to Texas for a sequence in opposition to the Rangers. Earlier than the flight, proof exhibits, Skaggs requested Kay for a number of drugs. That evening, after the group had arrived, Skaggs texted Kay to come back as much as his room, 469.

Kay informed investigators that he didn’t have drugs with him, and that when he arrived in Skaggs’ room there have been already three drugs crushed and lined as much as be snorted on Skaggs’ desk. Kay stated he didn’t ingest any medication and that he was on the anti-opioid drug naloxone on the time. He stated Skaggs was acutely aware when he left.

The following morning, July 1, when Skaggs didn’t reply to a number of texts and calls from his spouse, group safety officers checked his room and found him useless.

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The Skaggs household nonetheless has a civil lawsuit pending in opposition to the Angels for negligence.

The Angels issued a press release Thursday: “On behalf of the whole Angels Group, we’re saddened by the devastating heartache that surrounds this tragedy, particularly for the Skaggs household. Our compassion goes out to all households and people which have been impacted. The gamers’ testimony was extremely tough for our group to listen to, and it’s a reminder that too usually drug use and dependancy are hidden away. From the second we realized of Tyler’s loss of life, our focus has been to completely perceive the circumstances that led to this tragedy.

“We’re grateful that Main League Baseball and the Main League Baseball Gamers Affiliation have taken the essential step to replace their drug insurance policies for gamers utilizing opioids in order that they will obtain assist.”

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