Uh oh! Chris Correa, former scouting director for the St. Louis Cardinals, was slammed with a 46-month jail sentence for hacking the Houston Astro’s database during his time with the team. Get all the details right here!
Six months after pleading guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer in the Houston Astros‘ database, Chris Correa is on his way to prison. United States District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled on July 18 that the former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director would be forced to serve nearly four years in jail.
In addition to his jail time, Chris faces a court order to pay $279,038 in restitution for his wrongdoing, as he cost the Astros about $1.7 million with the hack. He has two to six weeks until he will need to report to prison.
Before Chris was sentenced, he read a letter telling the judge and jury just how remorseful he was about his actions. “I violated my values and it was wrong … I behaved shamefully,” he said, according to ESPN. “The whole episode represents the worst thing I’ve done in my life by far.”
News of the data breach broke in June 2014, when Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced that the team had fallen victim to hackers who not only accessed the team’s private servers but also published some of its internal trade talks online. Although Chris’ hacking took place from 2013 to at least 2014, he wasn’t fired until July 2015, and at the time his firing was not publicly tied to the breach. He had spent six years with the team.
As for the Cards, they may face punishment as well. MLB could issue a fine to the team or take away some of its draft picks, but has yet to take any action and is still working on gathering case details from federal authorities.
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