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Mac Miller Drug Dealer Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison
One of the three drug dealers charged in the fentanyl overdose that resulted in the death of rising hip-hop star Mac Miller was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
According to sources, Ryan Michael Reavis, 39, admitted to being the middle man, providing the counterfeit oxycodone pills to a fellow dealer, killing the rapper, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, in September 2018. The pills were “unknowingly” laced with fentanyl. Reavis pleaded for only five years in custody, but received 10 years and 11 months.
“My life went dark the moment Malcolm left his world. Malcolm was my person, more than a son. We had a bond and kinship that was deep and special and irreplaceable. We spoke nearly every day about everything – his life, plans, music, dreams,” McCormick’s mother, Karen Meyers spoke in court.
Before he was sentenced, Reavis told the court he was unaware the pills caused McCormick’s death until he was officially arrested in Arizona a year later in September 2019. According to prosecutors, Reavis was found with three guns in his possession when he was arrested, including an untraceable “ghost gun,” as well as ammunition, scales covered in heroin and methamphetamine residue, blank prescription pads, and baggies.
“This is not just a regular drug case. 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. I think about that all the time. And I know that whatever happens today, I’m the lucky one because my family is here and I’m here and I’ll be with them again. I feel terrible. This is not who I am,” Reavis told the court. “My perspective has changed. My heart has changed.”
The two other men have also been charged in the case. Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, took a plea deal carrying a 17-year prison sentence last October after he admitted to supplying the fentanyl-laced pills to Reavis. Co-defendant Cameron James Pettit, 30, is still “pending,” but officials have stated that Pettit admitted to supplying McCormick with 10 oxycodone pills as well as cocaine and Xanax.
Just last month, Mac Miller’s Macadelic mixtape celebrated its tenth anniversary. In celebration and commemoration of the rapper’s influence, his estate released the record on vinyl and shared previously unseen footage of the rapper at 20 years old. Watch the video below. The mixtape vinyl is currently sold-out, but you can sign-up when more are available here.
[Video: Mac Miller]
[H/T Rolling Stone]