Ryan Michael Reavis is one of three people accused of giving tainted oxycodone to Mac Miller on stage in 2018.
According to court documents, a guy who acknowledged to handing over the bogus pharmaceutical tablets that murdered Grammy nominated musician Mac Miller received a federal prison sentence of nearly 11 years.
Ryan Michael Reavis, 39, was one of three individuals charged in the 2018 death of the artist, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, and pled guilty to one count of selling fentanyl on November 30, 2021.
According to court records, Reavis was sentenced to 10 years and 11 months in jail by a judge in US district court in Los Angeles on Monday.
Prosecutors requested a sentence of 12 years and seven months from Judge Otis Wright II.
Reavis admitted to acquiring fentanyl-laced prescription medications from a guy named Stephen Walter and leaving them with a third co-defendant, Cameron Pettit, in Los Angeles, on Walter’s directions.
Miller swallowed the tainted oxycodone tablets two days later and died of an overdose mostly caused by fentanyl, according to officials.
Drug dealers are known to add fentanyl to their products to make them more potent while keeping the price low. Experts believe that a lab-created medication in particular is to blame for the long-running opioid crisis.
Investigators looking into Miller’s death discovered texts indicating that Reavis was continuing distributing the tablets, dubbed “fake blues,” despite “people dying left and right.”
One message in Reavis’ case file stated, “They can start throwing [people] in prison for life for distributing bogus medicines.”
Reavis, Walter, and Pettit were charged with supplying fentanyl and conspiring to distribute drugs that resulted in death by federal prosecutors. Reavis and Pettit each pleaded guilty exclusively to the fentanyl distribution allegation as part of a plea arrangement.
Walter, 49, has a sentence hearing scheduled for May 16th. He has consented to serve 17 years in prison as part of his sentence.
Pettit, 30, had continued to telegraph his intention to go to trial as of this week. If convicted of a narcotics plot that resulted in death, he may face life in jail.
An counsel for Reavis claimed the defendant was fighting an addiction that had gripped Miller and many other Americans in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported Monday’s punishment.
“So many people loved and revered Mac Miller,” said Cori Ferrentino. “He battled many of the same addiction issues that Mr Reavis has battled his entire life.” Mr. Reavis is well aware that he will be able to return to his family but Mac Miller will not.”
Miller, a Pittsburgh native, used his music to examine sadness and drug use. Donald Trump, Programs, and Self Care were among the most popular songs. Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, and Ty Dolla $ign performed at a tribute event following his death.
Swimming, Miller’s last record, received a Grammy nomination after his death. He was also famous for his romance with Ariana Grande, a pop artist, which ended months before his death.