Stephen Andrew Walter, one of three men charged in relation to the death of late rapper Mac Miller has been sentenced to over 17 years in jail.
The 49-year-old man from California’s Westwood was charged on Monday, one month after a second suspect, Ryan Michael Reavis, was sentenced to 11 years.
Walter was charged for supplying fentanyl to late rapper Mac Miller who passed away from an overdose in 2018. His autopsy revealed an accidental drug overdose involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol caused his death.
Walter pleaded guilty to a single charge of fentanyl distribution after taking a plea to less severe sentencing. Walter agreed to the plea deal in order to drop the more serious charge of fentanyl distribution resulting in death.
According to the court, Walter had supplied fentanyl-laced oxycontin pills to co-defendant Cameron James Pettit, which were then distributed through recently sentenced defendant Ryan Michael Reavis.
Judge Otis D. Wright II on the case rejected Walter’s plea deal this week on the basis that the drug dealer had continued supplying fentanyl-laced pills after the rappers’ death.
Walter argued that he didn’t know the pills contained the life-threatening drug. “My actions caused a lot of pain, and for that I’m truly remorseful,” he told the court via Rolling Stone.
“I’m not that type of person who wants to hurt anybody. That’s not me. But on the paperwork where it says that I continued to conduct in that kind of behaviour after I knew that there was death, that’s not the truth, Your Honour.”
He also claimed that he believed the drugs were for the “personal use” of co-defendant Pettit, adding: “he never told me anything about [Miller]. He didn’t tell me he was going to deliver those pills to another person.
“I thought it was for him – for personal use. And then he delivered them to [Miller] with cocaine and Xanax, or whatever. I was not willing to do that and had no intent to do anything else other than Cameron Pettit.”
Walter faces over 17 years in jail, while Reavis will serve 11 years. Pettit’s case is still pending, although the third defendant pleaded not guilty in late 2019. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
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