A drug vendor charged within the deadly fentanyl overdose of rapper Mac Miller was hit with a 17-and-a-half yr federal jail sentence Monday after the decide on the case tossed an earlier plea deal he stated was too lenient.
Stephen Walter, who pleaded responsible to 1 felony depend of distributing fentanyl, initially agreed with prosecutors to a flat 17-year jail sentence.
However US District Decide Otis Wright rejected that sentence as a result of Walter, 49, saved dealing even after Miller overdosed in September 2018, in accordance with a sentencing memo obtained by The Submit. A 17-year sentence would have additionally been beneath federal pointers.
Wright even instructed Walter in the course of the sentencing he might withdraw and forge forward with a trial.
“The courtroom has elected to not settle for that plea settlement. So, sir, if you need, at this level, you possibly can withdraw your responsible plea and go to trial,” Wright stated, in accordance to Rolling Stone. “I could as effectively lay it out, OK. Whenever you proceed to interact on this exercise even after your actions killed somebody, I’m having a tricky time not staying throughout the pointers.”
Walter in the end agreed to the upper jail sentence, making him the second drug vendor to face time behind bars for the dying of Miller, whose actual identify was Malcolm James McCormick.
Walter, Cameron Pettit and Ryan Reavis had been all charged by the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Central District of California in October 2019 over Miller’s dying. The three males initially confronted costs of conspiring to distribute managed substances leading to dying and distribution of fentanyl leading to dying.
Prosecutors alleged Pettit bought 10 “blues,” which is slang for oxycodone drugs, in addition to cocaine and Xanax to Miller two days earlier than he overdosed in Studio Metropolis. The oxycodone drugs had been counterfeit although, prosecutors stated, and as a substitute contained fentanyl.
Pettit ordered the fentanyl-laced drugs from Walter after which Reavis gave them to Pettit.
Walter, when addressing the courtroom, apologized to Miller’s household however denied realizing the medication he provided killed the rapper till after he was arrested, Rolling Stone reported. He claims he believes Pettit solely wished the drugs for himself.
“I handled Cameron Pettit, and he led me to imagine that he was going to ingest the drugs that I bought him. He by no means instructed me something about McCormick. He didn’t inform me he was going to ship these drugs to a different particular person,” Walter stated, in accordance with Rolling Stone.
“I’m nonetheless taking accountability for the whole lot that occurred, however he by no means instructed me it was for an additional particular person,” Walter went on to say. “He was skilled is utilizing these drugs. I assumed it was for him — for private use. After which he delivered them to McCormick with cocaine and Xanax, or no matter. I used to be not prepared to try this and had no intent to do the rest apart from (promote to) Cameron Pettit.
“After which two days later, when there was an overdose, Cameron by no means known as me and instructed me about it, that he had something to do with him,” continued Walter. “So I had no concept that any individual had handed. If I might have recognized, I might not have continued that kind of habits.”
Miller’s mom, Karen Meyers, wrote in a press release that was learn in the course of the sentencing her life went darkish the second her son died.
“His laughter was infectious and shiny. My love for him was unparalleled, and I felt the identical from him,” she wrote, in accordance with Rolling Stone. “He would by no means knowingly take a tablet with fentanyl, ever. He wished to stay and was excited in regards to the future. The opening in my coronary heart will all the time be there.”