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Christopher Correa, ex-Cardinals executive, gets four-year jail term for hacking Houston Astros

In this Dec. 8, 2011, photo, then-St.

In this Dec. 8, 2011, photo, then-St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa, left, assistant general manager Mike Girsch, center, and general manager John Mozeliak, right, arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Mo., from the baseball winter meetings in Dallas. The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals has pleaded guilty in federal court to hacking the Houston Astros' player personnel database. Christopher Correa pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer, access authorities said dated back several years. The 35-year-old Correa was the Cardinals' director of baseball development until he was fired last summer. Credit: AP / Chris Lee

HOUSTON — The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for hacking the Houston Astros’ player personnel database.

Christopher Correa’s sentencing in Houston federal court Monday came after he pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was sentenced to 46 months behind bars and ordered to pay $279,038 in restitution.

Correa was the Cardinals’ director of baseball development until being fired last summer.

The data breach was first reported in June 2014 when Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters the team had been the victim of hackers who accessed servers and published online months of internal trade talks. Luhnow had previously worked for the Cardinals.

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