And so the tale FINALLY begins to close. Yuri Sucart is expected to plead guilty when he goes to court this Friday, a source says.
Sucart is one of the eight arrested in August 2014 in connection with the Biogenesis Anti-Aging Clinic. He is also the final defendant in the case by the DEA to bring down the suppliers to plead guilty. Anthony Bosch, who plead guilty, was sentenced last month to four years in prison.
Of course this means that Alex Rodriguez, Sucart's cousin and former employer, will not have to testify against Sucart in court. ARod didn't want to talk about the case. He told reporters "Guys, we have so many good things to talk about. But that's not one of them." ARod had an agreement with the prosecutors that would shield him from any potential troubles, so long as he provided full and truthful statements to the investigators about his involvement with Biogenesis. Sucart's trial was scheduled to start April 6th, when the Yankees take on the Blue Jays at their home opener. ARod was expected to be called in as a witness.
Sucart was originally charged with conspiring to distribute testosterone, and five counts of distributing testosterone. Punishable by a total of 20 years in prison. A tentative plea agreement called for all but one of the charges to be dropped. The Prosecution are now seeking eight months in prison, while his attorney, Ed O'Donnell, will try to get four month of house arrest due to Sucart's recent health issues.
With Sucart's guilty plea, we may be able to finally bring this ordeal to an end. Let's keep in mind that the 13 MLB players that were suspended in connection to Biogenesis were not the only athlete's who received treatment or were otherwise coerced by these guys.They went after High School students as well. And while MLB players are grown men, who should know better, High School students are children. Young and impressionable, and sometimes really not too bright. They make bad decisions, especially if someone is dangling a magic solution over their heads to become the next big thing in sports. That is the part of this case that has bugged me the most.
While our focus has really been ARod, as he is a Yankee, the idea that they went after children and gave them drugs just does not sit well with me.
Personally, I think that Sucart's guilty plea is long over due. He seemed the only person in connection with this case holding onto some delusion of innocence. The entire Biogenesis scandal has been a stain in sports, and I will be glad to see it finally come to an end.
--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer
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