On Monday, Apr. 18, one of the drug dealers charged with a fentanyl overdose, which led to Mac Miller’s death, was sentenced to almost 11 years in prison.
According to Rolling Stone, Ryan Michael Reavis, 39, appeared before a Los Angeles federal court. The defendant admitted to providing fake oxycodone pills to another dealer that, in turn, killed Miller in September 2018. However, Reavis stated that he had no idea the pills contained fentanyl.
Mac Miller’s Drug Dealer Requested A Shorter Prison Term
Reavis sought a sentence of five years, while the prosecutors were seeking 12.5 years. However, after hearing an emotional statement from Karen Meyers, Miller’s mother, U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II decided that Reavis would serve ten years and 11 months.
“My life went dark the moment Malcolm left his world,” Meyers’ statement read in part. “Malcolm was my person, more than a son. We had a bond and kinship that was deep and special and irreplaceable. He would never knowingly take a pill with fentanyl, ever. He wanted to live and was excited about the future.”
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In his defense, Reavis didn’t know Miller died from the pills he provided until a year later during his arrest in Arizona.
“This is not just a regular drug case,” he told the court. “Somebody died, and a family is never going to get their son back. My family would be wrecked if it was me. They’d never be all right, never truly get over it.”
Possession Of Firearms And Drug-Related Accessories
According to the prosecution, Reavis had three guns during his arrest in Lake Havasu. There was an untraceable “ghost gun” and boxes of ammunition, “digital scales covered in heroin and methamphetamine residue,” blank prescription pads, and baggies. It also appears he continued to sell drugs after Miller’s death, as evidenced by a 2019 text. Despite knowing the risks associated with fentanyl.
The text read, “People have been dying from fake blues left and right, you better believe law enforcement is using informants and undercover[s] to buy them on the street do [sic] they can start putting ppl in prison for life for selling fake pills.”
Furthermore, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elia Herrera told Judge Otis, “Defendant knew that people were dying from fake blues left and right. He knew that people were being put away in prison for life for dealing them. Defendant was not worried about people dying left and right. He was worried about getting caught.”
Sentences For Two More Dealers
Ultimately, Reavis received three years of supervised release with drug testing and a lengthy prison term. Following a guilty plea in October, 48-year-old Stephen Andrew Walter faces 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to supplying Reavis with fentanyl-laced pills. However, a case against co-defendant Cameron James Pettit is still pending. Federal authorities allege that Pettit supplied Miller with ten oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl, cocaine, and the sedative Xanax, which led to his death.
FMHipHop sends its thoughts and prayers to the Miller Family. Peace be with Mac Miller.
Written by Nikiya Biggs