Man who sold fentanyl-laced pills gets 17 years – Deadline

UPDATED: A Westwood man was sentenced today to more than 17 years behind bars for his role in supplying the fentanyl-laced pills that led to a fatal overdose of rapper Mac Miller four years ago.

Stephen Walter was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison, according to US Attorneys.

Walter, 49, pleaded guilty to a federal count of distributing fentanyl last year.

In September 2018, Miller died of a drug overdose — a deadly mix of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. Just days before the 26-year-old rapper’s death, Walter delivered the fentanyl that ultimately killed him.

Two others were also charged. Ryan Reavis, 39, pleaded guilty to the distribution charge and was sentenced to almost 11 years in April. The case against Cameron Pettit, 30, of West Hollywood, is pending.

The pills traveled from Walter to Reavis, who delivered the counterfeit oxycodone pills to the third defendant, according to filings filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

Reavis admitted knowing the pills contained fentanyl or another controlled substance. Shortly after Reavis handed over the pills, Pettit allegedly delivered them to Malcolm McCormick — who was recording and performing under the name Mac Miller — two days before the rapper suffered a fatal overdose in Studio City on Sept. 7, 2018, federal prosecutors said.

SO FAR on 18.04: Ryan Reavis was today sentenced to 131 months behind bars for his role in supplying the fentanyl-laced pills that led to a fatal overdose of rapper Mac Miller four years ago.

Reavis, 39, pleaded guilty to a federal indictment last year for distributing fentanyl, according to US attorneys.

Two others were also charged. Stephen Walter, 49, of Westwood, pleaded guilty to the distribution fee and is awaiting sentencing. The case against Cameron Pettit, 30, of West Hollywood, is pending.

On September 4, 2018, Reavis supplied counterfeit oxycodone pills to the third defendant at Walter’s direction, according to documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

Reavis admitted knowing the pills contained fentanyl or another controlled substance. Shortly after Reavis handed over the fentanyl-laced pills, Pettit allegedly delivered the pills to Malcolm McCormick – who recorded and performed under the name Mac Miller – two days before the 26-year-old rapper suffered a fatal overdose in Studio City on Sept. 26. September 2018, the federal prosecutor announced.

Miller started rapping at 14 and built a large following before signing to fellow Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s label. Miller released five studio albums and a number of mixtapes during his career. his album To swim was released on Warner Records just a month before his death.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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