Mac Miller Death: Man’s Plaid Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution
A Los Angeles man has agreed to plead guilty to distributing fentanyl pills consumed by rapper Mac Miller before he died of an accidental overdose in 2018, according to court documents.
Under the agreement with federal prosecutors, the 48-year-old man, Stephen Andrew Walter, will serve 17 years in prison.
Mr Walter was one of three people in 2019 in connection with the death of Mr Miller, 26, a multifaceted artist who rapped about drug use and spoke openly about his struggles with addiction and depression .
Two other defendants, Cameron James Pettit and Ryan Michael Reavis, are due to go to trial in March, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
According to the plea agreement, which was filed in court on Monday, Mr. Walter directed Mr. Revis to deliver fentanyl in the form of counterfeit oxycodone tablets to Mr. Petit on September 4, 2018.
Later that evening, at Mr Walter’s instructions, Mr Revis gave Mr Petit the pills, the document said.
Soon after, Mr. Petit gives Mr. Miller pills. Mr Miller later consumed fentanyl, a combination of cocaine and alcohol, and died of an overdose on September 7, 2018, the document said.
Mr Miller would have died “not from an overdose but of the fentanyl contained in the tablets” which he had received from Mr Petit, Mr Walter’s petition said.
Mr Walter is expected to formally plead guilty to one count of fentanyl distribution on 8 November and will be sentenced at a later date.
Mr Walter and prosecutors agreed that his sentence should be calculated based on a more serious crime – death as a result of distribution of fentanyl – based on a single count of fentanyl distribution for which he agreed to plead guilty.
Mr Walter’s lawyer, William Harris, said on Wednesday: “After looking at all the evidence, everyone agreed that it was a fair and reasonable disposition.”
Federal prosecutors declined to comment on the plea agreement Wednesday. Mr Petit’s lawyers did not immediately respond to messages. Mr. Revis’s lawyer confirmed that there was no plea agreement in his case.
Mr. Miller recently released his fifth full-length album, “Swimming”, which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard album chart after he died at his home in the Studio City section of Los Angeles.
An early Internet success story, he topped the charts in 2011 with his independent debut, “Blue Slide Park”. By 2013 he was speaking publicly about addiction, and his 2015 album “Go: OD AM” tackled it explicitly.
In 2016, Mr Miller’s romantic relationship with pop star Ariana Grande garnered him even more attention. She announced in 2018 that they had broken up.
According to the indictment, Mr. Petit had agreed to supply Mr. Miller with 10 “blues” – a street term for oxycodone pills – as well as cocaine and the sedative Xanax.
But instead of giving Miller real oxycodone, Petit sold Miller counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid far more potent than heroin, prosecutors said.
The indictment states that Mr Petit ordered Mr Walter to have tablets containing fentanyl and Mr Revis delivered the drugs to Mr Petit.
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