A drug dealer charged with rapper Mac Miller’s deadly fentanyl overdose was sentenced to a 17.5-year federal sentence on Monday after the case’s judge threw out a previous plea deal he said was overly lenient .
Stephen Walter, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of distributing fentanyl, originally agreed with prosecutors to a lump sum sentence of 17 years.
However, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright reversed that ruling because Walter, 49, continued to deal after Miller overdosed in September 2018, according to a sentencing memorandum obtained by The Post. A 17-year sentence would also have been under federal guidelines.
Wright even told Walter during the sentencing hearing that he could withdraw and pursue a trial.
“The court has decided not to accept this objection agreement. So sir, at this point, if you wish, you can withdraw your guilty plea and go to court,” Wright said, according to Rolling Stone. “I might as well lay it out, okay. If you continue to engage in this activity, even after your activities have killed someone, I find it difficult not to follow the guidelines.
Walter eventually agreed to the increased sentence, becoming the second drug dealer to be behind bars for the death of Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick.
Walter, Cameron Pettit and Ryan Reavis were all charged in October 2019 by the US Attorney for the Central District of California in Miller’s death. The three men were originally charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances causing death and distributing fentanyl causing death.
Prosecutors alleged that Pettit sold 10 “blues,” colloquial for oxycodone pills, as well as cocaine and Xanax to Miller two days before he overdosed in Studio City. However, the oxycodone pills were counterfeit, prosecutors said, and contained fentanyl instead.
Pettit ordered the fentanyl-laced pills from Walter and then Reavis gave them to Pettit.
Reavis was sentenced to around 11 years in prison last month.
Walter apologized to Miller’s family in court but denied knowing the drugs he supplied killed the rapper until he was arrested, Rolling Stone reported. He claims he believes Pettit only wanted the pills for himself.
“I was dealing with Cameron Pettit and he made me believe he would take the pills I sold him. He never told me anything about McCormick. He didn’t tell me he was going to deliver those pills to anyone else,” Walter said, according to Rolling Stone.
“I still take responsibility for everything that happened, but he never told me it was for anyone else,” Walter continued. “He was experienced in using these pills. I thought it was for him – for personal use. And then he delivered her to McCormick with cocaine and Xanax or whatever. I wasn’t ready and had no intention of doing anything other than selling (to) Cameron Pettit.
“And then, two days later, when there was an overdose, Cameron never called me and told me he was involved with him,” Walter continued. “So I had no idea anyone had passed. If I had known that, I would not have continued this behavior.”
Miller’s mother, Karen Meyers, wrote in a statement read during the sentencing hearing that her life went dark after her son died.
“His laughter was contagious and radiant. My love for him was unparalleled and I felt the same for him,” she wrote, according to Rolling Stone. “He would never knowingly take a pill with fentanyl. He wanted to live and looked forward to the future. The hole in my heart will always be there.”
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