From the Sarasota Herald Tribune:
A former New York Yankees pitcher who grew up in Lynchburg is in trouble again.
A circuit judge sentenced Kenny Clay, who now lives in Florida, to five years in prison Wednesday, a longer sentence than the prosecutor recommended.
A jury convicted Clay, 53, of grand theft for creating a fake sales order at the Sarasota copy machine office where he worked in 2005 that would have netted him a $7,500 commission check.
Prosecutors recommended a prison sentence of three years, but Circuit Judge Rick De Furia cited the former major league pitcher’s criminal history in giving him the maximum sentence for the charge.
Clay has been caught stealing several times since his career as a ballplayer ended, and he was on probation for a similar crime when he tried to steal from the copy machine office in 2005.
In that previous case, Clay had pleaded guilty in Manatee County to stealing identification information about his girlfriend and using it to falsify credit card applications to forge checks and lease a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder.
Clay was also convicted in 1988 in Campbell County of stealing $16,000 from a class ring distributor that employed him.
Ken Clay was drafted by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1972 amateur draft.
Talent and promise doesn’t always lead to a story-book ending. Sad.