July 18, 2016

Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Monday for unlawful intrusions into the Houston Astros' database.

Correa, who pled guilty to five charges on Jan. 8, must also pay restitution of $279,038.65 to the Astros.

The sentence wraps up a cybercrime that was summed up as old-fashioned theft.

"I violated my values and it was wrong ... I behaved shamefully," the 35-year-old Correa wrote in a letter that he read in court. "The whole episode represents the worst thing I've done in my life by far."

The judge accepted the government's recommended sentence of 46 months for Correa.

"It's a long sentence, but the judge said it was a very serious crime, and he did it repeatedly over a long period of time," Astros general counsel Giles Kibbe told MLB.com.

"He had an opportunity to look at everything we had for a long period of time and use that information to assist him in his job with the Cardinals. So it's obviously a very serious offense and a pretty rough day for baseball."

While the federal court administered its punishment Monday, the commissioner Rob Manfred's office could still weigh in after its own investigation.

"While today's sentencing of Chris Correa marks the end of the government's investigation, we also understand that the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball will now conduct its own investigation of this matter," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said statement read.

"As we did with the government during its investigation, we intend to fully cooperate with the Commissioner's Office in connection with its investigation so that this matter can finally be resolved."

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