A Los Angeles man will serve almost twenty years in jail for his function in supplying the fentanyl-laced drugs that contributed to rapper Mac Miller’s unintended drug overdose in 2018.
A federal choose sentenced Stephen Walter to 210 months — or 17.5 years — in jail on Monday, in keeping with paperwork from the U.S. District Court docket within the Central District of California.
Walter, 49, had pleaded responsible final October to a federal legal cost of distribution of fentanyl, which carries a obligatory minimal sentence of 20 years in federal jail. On the time, he had reached a deal with federal prosecutors to serve precisely 17 years.
However Choose Otis D. Wright II rejected that sentence on Monday, as Rolling Stone experiences, as a result of it was beneath federal pointers and prosecutors have argued that Walter continued to promote counterfeit drugs up till his 2019 arrest.
“I could as effectively lay it out, OK,” Wright reportedly mentioned within the courtroom. “If you proceed to interact on this exercise even after your actions killed somebody, I am having a tricky time not staying throughout the pointers.”
Rolling Stone experiences that Walter agreed to the upper sentence after conferring together with his lawyer for a couple of minutes. Whereas addressing the court docket at one level, Walter apologized to Miller’s household however mentioned it was solely after his arrest that he discovered the rapper had died from one thing he had provided.
“My actions induced loads of ache, and for that I am really remorseful,” Walter mentioned, in keeping with the journal. “I am not that kind of one that needs to harm anyone. That is not me. However on the paperwork the place it says that I continued to conduct in that type of habits after I knew that there was loss of life, that is not the reality, your honor.”
Walter is one among three folks charged in reference to Miller’s loss of life, together with Ryan Michael Reavis and Cameron James Pettit.
This is how the medicine bought to Miller, in keeping with prosecutors
Federal prosecutors have accused Walter of supplying the counterfeit oxycodone drugs to Reavis, who allegedly gave them to Pettit. Walter mentioned in court docket that he had directed Reavis to ship the drugs to Pettit, as a result of he believed Pettit needed them for himself and was unaware he had plans to promote them to another person.
Whereas Miller negotiated to purchase oxycodone from Pettit, prosecutors say he as an alternative bought the artist the pretend, fentanyl-laced drugs.
Two days later, on Sept. 7, 2018, Miller was discovered unresponsive at his Los Angeles house.
The chart-topping rapper and producer, who was born Malcolm James McCormick, had died at age 26 from what the Los Angeles County coroner mentioned was an unintended overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Reavis was sentenced final month to greater than 10 years in jail. The case in opposition to Pettit — who has pleaded not responsible in Los Angeles federal court docket — was nonetheless pending as of April.
Miller’s mom and the choose decry the risks of fentanyl
Miller had spoken publicly about his struggles with substance abuse all through his profession, which he additionally documented in his music. In his track “Small Worlds,” which he carried out publicly at an NPR Tiny Desk live performance taped simply weeks earlier than his loss of life, he rapped, “I could journey, however I by no means fall. God is aware of, I got here shut — do not do that at house.”
In a sufferer impression assertion learn by prosecutors on the sentencing, Miller’s mom, Karen Meyers, mentioned he would have by no means knowingly taken a capsule with fentanyl, including that “he needed to stay and was excited in regards to the future.”
“My life went darkish the second [Miller] left his world,” she wrote. ” [He] was my individual, greater than a son. We had a bond and kinship that was deep and particular and irreplaceable. We spoke almost each day about all the pieces — his life, plans, music, desires.”
Wright, the choose, mentioned on Monday that his resolution had nothing to do with Miller’s celeb standing, Rolling Stone experiences.
“This was a human being who unwittingly took one thing that may flat-out kill you, and I don’t know why now we have folks out right here dealing on this stuff, peddling these things,” Wright mentioned. “That is what upsets me. All people now is aware of these things will kill you. I must be quiet as a result of I am speaking myself into one thing stratospheric.”
The court docket can also be recommending that Walter full a 500-hour residential drug abuse program and take part in outpatient therapy upon his launch from custody.