Chris Correa Sentenced to 46 Months for Hacking Astros' Computer System

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 18, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, Chris Correa, the former director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals, leaves the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston. Correa has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for hacking the Houston Astros' player personnel database. Correa’s sentencing in Houston federal court Monday, July 18, 2016, came after he pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer. (AP Photo/Bob Levey, FIle)
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Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, who pleaded guilty to hacking the Houston Astros' database while working with the Cards, learned of his sentence Monday.  

Per David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, United States District Judge Lynn Hughes sentenced Correa to 46 months in prison. Barron added Correa has two to six weeks until he is required to report to prison. 

Barron noted that Correa read a letter in court apologizing for his involvement in the hacking scandal.  

Per Jenifer Langosch and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Correa pleaded guilty to "five criminal charges in connection with unauthorized access of the Astros' database."

Correa's guilty plea came seven months after Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reported the FBI and Justice Department were investigating the Cardinals amidst accusations of "hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about players."

The Cardinals fired Correa in July 2015. After Correa's dismissal, general manager John Mozeliak said "it's still an ongoing investigation and there's really nothing more I can add at this point," per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com). 

In a January court appearance, Correa told Hughes that he found information about the Cardinals in Houston's database, per Barron. The Astros later denied those accusations (h/t the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich). 

Now that Correa's sentencing has finally taken place, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted the next step is for Major League Baseball "to come down with punishment on the Cardinals for the hack."

It's unclear exactly how MLB intends to punish the Cardinals organization. 

Prior to terminating him, the Cardinals had recently promoted Correa to scouting director in December 2014. He had been with the team since 2009 and worked with current Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow for two years.