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Son of former Enron president found dead in Santa Ana apartment

A son of jailed former Enron President Jeff Skilling has been found dead in his Santa Ana apartment, authorities said Thursday.

Police were called to the 1200 block of East Fairhaven Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after John Taylor "J.T." Skilling, a student at Chapman University, didn’t show up for dinner with two friends, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Police discovered prescription medicine bottles near the 20-year-old’s body, and friends said he was upset over a recent breakup with a girlfriend.

“There were no signs of trauma or evidence of a crime,” Bertagna said.

The body was taken to the Orange County coroner’s office. The cause of death has not been listed pending toxicology results that will be available in four to six weeks.

Daniel Petrocelli, Jeff Skilling’s attorney, confirmed that the victim was the son of his client. “He was a good kid. A real good kid,” Petrocelli said. “This is just awful.”

Jeff Skilling is serving a 24-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison for fraud, insider trading and conspiracy. Petrocelli said he is in talks with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to see if Skilling will be released for his son’s funeral.

“His dad is devastated, distraught and heartbroken,” Petrocelli said.

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My sincerest sympathies to his loved ones. I'm sure J.T. must of felt the absence of his father. Hopefully, he will find eternal peace.

No court in this land could mete out a crueler sentence than this for Jeff Skilling. Let him attend the funeral. This isn't Madoff we're talking about.

Sounds like another Mark David Madoff to me !

Why should his did be released to go to the Funeral?

This is the Same guy who RUINED many lives in families all over....

Jail is Jail.

Deal with it like common folk do!

I feel worse for drug felons doing long time, than Skilling.

The messed up thing is that we have a couple hundred guys from the recent unregulated mortgage backed securities disaster that OUGHT to be in jail with Skillings keeping him company and giving him someone to talk high finance with.

No sign of any prosecution on that, with Mitch McConnell and the GOP in power.

The complete ruin of a family.

It is sad by itself, but even more so under the spotlight.

Dont let him out.

Jeff Skilling wasn't there for his son to help him negotiate the rocky roads we all face at one time or another. Knowing that he let his son down must be very hard for him to bear. I know Jeff Skilling is in deep pain now, and probably for a long time.

Bet there's more to this story...wonder if it will ever come out into the open? One more tragedy to add to the massive pile of human destruction caused by the corruption of Enron execs & their aiders, abettors &
cronies. Nothing good will ever come of the Enron mess, most of the tragic tales have yet to be heard and it will never end. The predatory mortgage meltdown & multiple other recent & current cons of the average working person & US tax dollars by these corporate execs ('thugs in ties') is adding exponentially to the misery & destruction. The good people of this world better take it back before only these sociopaths are left. Too many cons on too big a scale all at once for all this fraud to just be random. Maybe someone should start with checking out those secret meetings in Palm Springs; perhaps the Kochs havesome helpful info

Skilling should have been there for his son. Instead, his greed led him away from him. There is a huge huge lesson here folks.

Jeff Skilling should rot in jail. He is no better than a comon criminal who holds up a bank. This punk should not be given a pass to attend his son's funeral. Should have thought about the consequences prior to a life of crime.

Hey--the guy was convicted--it's not like he's in custody and still awaiting trial. THIS is one of the reasons you shouldn't be an axxhole and go to prison--the loss of your personal freedoms.

I guess the right thing to do is to uphold justice and his sentence and miss his son's funeral. FOR whose benefit would he be there? his own edification and the opportunity to get out of jail and maybe escape.

Don't tell me that if this was joe schmoe in prison that he'd be allowed to attend the funeral.

I say the courts bill him for the time they are taking to reivew his request--and then also to deny it.
Hasn't he cost enough people enormous amounts of pain (emotional and financial?) that maybe this is a little cosmic payback?

I feel sorry for the son. How would one manage life knowing your father is such a jerk?

Too bad the son must suffer the sins of the father.

A tragedy of Greek proportions.

Greg,

Hey. Aren't you the guy who's all pro-deregulation?

Think about it.

I don't see the difference between Skilling and Madoff. Both bilked lots of people out of lots of cash. If anything I despise Skilling even more than Madoff because he played roulette with his employees' pensions. Madoff exploited people's greed to get even richer than rich. Skilling exploited his own workers, and plays a large hand in how screwed California is now.

I'm sorry for his son and whatever sadness in his life caused him to (it seems) commit suicide). But I am not sorry for Skilling hearing about it in prison. How many people have had their lives destroyed by this egomaniac swindler?

"I am the bad guy, my kid is now at the side of angels"

It's very sad to read this story. We all lost as he likely had a lot to give to this world. This likely just wasn't about a girl friend: it's about depression and impulsiveness with a lot of other factors. I would recommend people read "Night Falls Fast" and you would understand a little bit about what causes suicide - self murder.


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