Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in jail and ordered to pay $279,038 in restitution for hacking into the Houston Astros database containing personnel information on Monday in Houston federal court.
Correa pleaded guilty in January to five felony counts. Correa could have been sentenced to a maximum of 5 years in jail and $250,000 restitution for each of the felony counts.
Correa pleads guilty earlier this year to illegally gaining access to the Astros' scouting department database, "Ground Control." Correa had access to the Astros scouting information and internal dialog at the minor and major league level.
Major League Baseball has been waiting to take action until the legal proceedings were over. They will now see what information the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office will make available to them in determining what action they might take. There really isn't a precedent for a case like this so it will be interesting to see what kind of discipline comes from MLB.
For more background information on the hacking, see our previous posts:
Correa gained more information than originally thought
Correa to plead guilty to hacking Astros' database