Ex-Angels employee Eric Kay sentenced to 22 years in prison in connection with Tyler Skaggs' death

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A Texas judge sentenced former Los Angeles Angels director of communications Eric Kay to 22 years in federal prison Tuesday in connection with the 2019 death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Kay, 48, was facing a minimum sentence of 20 years after being convicted earlier this year of distributing the fentanyl-laced opioids that resulted in Skaggs’ overdose. He received two additional years of prison time after prosecutors revealed disparaging comments Kay made about Skaggs in recent months while awaiting sentencing.

“I hope people realize what a piece of (expletive) he is,” Kay told his mother in a recorded call from prison that prosecutors submitted as evidence Tuesday. “Well, he’s dead, so (expletive) him.”

Kay also described Skaggs’ family as “white trash” and suggested that “all they see are dollar signs” in the wake of the pitcher’s death. (The Skaggs family sued Kay and the Angeles for negligence in 2021.)

“They may get more money with him dead than he was playing, because he sucked,” Kay said.

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According to multiplenewsreports, the judge in the case, Terry Means, said during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing that Kay’s vulgar comments contributed to his decision to levy a 22-year sentence as opposed to the 20-year minimum.

Eric Kay walks out federal court in Feb. 2022.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Kay apologized in court for the remarks, chalking them up to “frustration” and “vitriol.” He later called Skaggs “a sweetheart,” according to the newspaper.

“Mr. Kay will immediately file his notice of appeal and continue to fight the allegations,” Kay’s lawyer, Cody Cofer, wrote in an email.

Skaggs, 27, was found dead on his bed in a Texas hotel room on July 1, 2019, a few hours before the Angels were set to play a game against the Texas Rangers. A toxicology report later revealed that he had both fentanyl and oxycodone in his system at the time of his death, which was ruled an accident.

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