A man responsible for selling rapper Mac Miller the fentanyl that played a major factor in his accidental overdose has officially been sentenced.
According to CBS Los Angeles, 49-year-old Stephen Walter will spend 17.5 years behind bars after pleading guilty to distributing the fentanyl that resulted in the death of the Grammy-nominated artist back in Sept. 2018. Last year, he pleaded guilty to a federal count of distribution of fentanyl.
Walter previously entered a plea agreement, but U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II gave him a harsher sentence after he continued to sell drugs after the rapper's death.
“For that I'm truly remorseful,” Walter said, according to ABC7. “I'm not the type of person that wants to hurt anyone.”
In Apr. 2021, Ryan Reavis, another man connected to the drug deal, also pleaded guilty to a drug distribution charge. The 39-year-old was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to a distribution charge after admitting that he was the middle man in the deal.
Walter supplied the counterfeit oxycodone pills to Reavis, who allegedly gave them to Pettit, Deadline reports. Reavis admitted that he was aware that the pills were laced with fentanyl before handing them over to the Circles artist on Sept. 5, 2018.
“This is not just a regular drug case. Somebody died, and a family is never going to get their son back. My family would be wrecked if it was me,” he told the court, back in 2019. “They'd never be all right, never truly get over it. I think about that all the time.”
Miller, born Malcom James McCormick died of a fatal overdose on sept. 7. he was 26.
The case against Cameron Pettit, the third man, connected to the deal, is still pending.
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