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Former Angels employee sentenced in Skaggs overdose death


Former Angels employee sentenced in Skaggs overdose death.

FORT WORTH, Texas: A former Los Angeles Angels employee was convicted Thursday of providing Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with the drugs that led to his overdose death in Texas.

Eric Kay was convicted of one count of drug distribution resulting in death and drug conspiracy. He faces life in prison.

Skaggs’ widow, Carli, and her mother, Debbie, hugged as the verdict was announced. Kay took off his jacket and tie and handcuffed him, nodding to her family and friends in the courtroom.

A jury of 10 women and two men reached the verdict in federal court in downtown Fort Worth, about 15 miles from where the Angels were supposed to open a four-game series against the Texas Rangers on July 1, 2019. the day Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room in suburban Dallas.

A coroner’s report said Skaggs, 27, had choked on her vomit and had a toxic mix of alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone in her system.

The trial included testimony from five major league players who said they received oxycodone pills from Kay on various occasions between 2017 and 2019, the year’s Kay was accused of obtaining pills and giving them to players. Kay also used drugs, according to testimony and court documents.


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