Three years after the fatal overdose of Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, one of the men charged with his death has agreed to plead guilty.
Stephen Andrew Walter, who allegedly supplied the rapper with fentanyl, could face up to 20 years in jail as a result of the trial.
Miller passed away in 2018 after taking a lethal amount of fentanyl - a drug deemed to be 50 times more potent than heroin - which, combined with other drugs, can be fatal. In Miller’s autopsy, he was found to have accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol.
The three men who are thought to have supplied the US-born rapper with the drug are now due to appear in court in Los Angeles. Cameron James Pettit and Ryan Michael Reavis, the two other alleged suppliers, have pleaded not guilty.
Although Walter said that he didn’t directly give Miller the drugs, he "knowingly and intentionally" supplied Miller’s dealer, Pettit, with the lethal drug.
A statement reads: “[Walter] knew that the pills contained fentanyl or some other federally controlled substance.”
Walter is due to appear in court today ahead of the trial on November 8. If the judge accepts the deal, the alleged drug dealer will go to jail for 17 years.
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His lawyer, William S. Harris, told the Rolling Stone: ”It's a binding plea agreement for 17 years [in prison]. The judge will either accept or reject it. If he accepts it, there will be no power to sentence my client to more. If he rejects it, there's no deal.”
Walter wrote in a written statement, “No-one has threatened or forced me in any way to enter this agreement,” he said, adding: "I am pleading guilty because I am guilty of the charge and wish to take advantage of the promises set forth in this agreement, and not for any other reason."
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