Dec
2
2010
Doctor in Blasberg Death Pleads Guilty to Obstruction
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Dr. Thomas Hess, who discovered the body of professional golfer Erica Blasberg, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on Wednesday. Henderson Municipal Judge Diana Hampton sentenced Dr. Hess to one-year probation and 40 hours of community service.

The doctor said he tampered with evidence to spare Erica’s family embarrassment, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Authorities said Hess removed items from the scene prior to police arriving at Blasberg’s home. Hess admitted removing a suicide note, hiding it in his vehicle along with prescription medications taken from the house.

Blasberg, 25, was found May 9 with a plastic bag over her head at her Henderson home at 2620 Hotel de Ville Terrace in the Anthem community on the afternoon of May 9.

The Clark County coroner’s office in August ruled Blasberg’s death a suicide.

According to the coroner’s office she died of asphyxia, coupled with toxic levels of prescription medication in her system. Toxicology confirmed the presence of several prescription drugs including headache, cough, pain and anti-anxiety medications.

Some, including those close to Erica, questioned the cause of death because of the unanswered questions and Dr. Hess’ actions.

Mel Blasberg, Erica’s father, told KTNV-TV, Las Vegas’ ABC affiliate, that the verdict was “insignificant.”

“I think the way Doctor Hess acted and didn’t act is partly responsible for Erica’s death,” Blasberg said. “But I was looking for some remorse.”