The jury in the Tyler Skaggs case found Eric Kay guilty on two felony counts on Thursday for distributing fentanyl and causing the death of the former pitcher. Kay will not be sentenced until June 28th but faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on July 1, 2019, while on the road in Texas and ingested a combination of oxycodone, fentanyl, and alcohol. Kay admitted to providing the oxycodone to Skaggs and other players. The defense said the two men were simply fellow addicts with an agreement that Skaggs would pay for their drugs and Kay would handle the transaction.
Regan Wynn, the defense attorney in the case, came out after the case and talked about how this is an all-around tragedy.
“We are obviously disappointed with the verdict,” she said. “ There are no winners in this. It’s just a tragedy all around.”
Defense attorney Michael Molfetta was upset with the closing argument in the case calling it “reversed engineered”. Molfetta said that Skaggs’ was ultimately responsible for his death.
“When does a grown man who’s living a life of complete luxury and privilege—he doesn’t even carry his own luggage—when he does, he takes responsibility for his own actions?” he told the jury. “Tyler Skaggs didn’t deserve this; no one does. But he was responsible for it.
The Angels issued a statement Thursday: “ On behalf of the entire Angels organization, we are saddened by the devastating heartache that surrounds this tragedy, especially the Skaggs family. Our compassion goes out to all families and individuals that have been impacted. The players’ testimony was incredibly difficult for our organization to hear, and it is a reminder that too often drug use and addiction are hidden away/ From the moment we learned of Tyler’s death, our focus has been to fully understand the circumstances that led to this tragedy.”
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