One of many drug sellers tied to the overdose loss of life of “The Wire” actor Michael Okay. Williams was sentenced to simply two-and-half years in jail Tuesday after the HBO present’s co-creator David Simon requested the choose to point out him mercy.
Carlos Macci, 71, had confronted many years behind bars after pleading responsible to narcotics conspiracy for being a part of the Brooklyn crew that bought Williams the deadly baggage of fentanyl-laced heroin.
“Promoting medication like heroin and fentanyl not solely price Mr. Williams his life however is costing you your freedom,” Manhattan federal Choose Ronnie Abrams informed Macci at his sentencing.
The choose mentioned she “struggled with the choice I needed to make at present” and factored within the want for remedy and rehab for the septuagenarian.
“I don’t assume folks have to be outlined by the worst mistake they made,” she mentioned.
Simon earlier this month requested Abrams to go straightforward on Macci, saying that Williams “bears the fuller accountability” and noting his actor pal’s opposition to mass incarceration and the failed struggle on medication.
“No attainable good can come from incarcerating a 71-year-old soul,” Simon wrote in a July 7 letter.
Macci is “largely illiterate,” and dealt medication as a result of he was “caught up within the diaspora of habit himself,” Simon famous.
Williams’ nephew, Dominic Dupont, 45, informed Abrams in court docket Tuesday that his uncle was “an individual who believed in love, believed in a chance for folks to get themselves collectively.”
“As we speak is a tragic day … there are not any winners right here,” Dupont mentioned after the listening to.
Macci’s lawyer Benjamin Zeman had been looking for a sentencing of time-served for his shopper.
Macci, who has 23 prior drug convictions, has been locked up for a couple of year-and-a-half.
He was one in all 4 males who allegedly ran a drug-dealing operation that bought in broad daylight in Williamsburg charged over Williams’ loss of life. All 4 have taken responsible pleas.
Co-defendant Irving Cartagena, who is about to be sentenced Aug. 18, was caught on surveillance footage handing over the medication to Williams, 54, the day earlier than he was discovered useless in his house on Sept. 6, 2021.
Williams — who performed the character Omar Little on “The Wire” — was open about his struggles with crack and cocaine.
The 2 different co-defendants within the case, Hector Robles and Luis Cruz, are set to be sentenced on Sept. 26.