Ryan Reavis has been sentenced to almost 11 years in jail for supplying the late Mac Miller with fentanyl-laced oxycodone tablets that precipitated the rapper’s deadly overdose in 2018. Reavis pleaded responsible to at least one depend of distribution of fentanyl.
Miller (authorized identify Malcolm James McCormick) died from “blended drug toxicity” after consuming cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol, in keeping with an announcement from the Los Angeles County Division of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The rising rapper was 26 when he died and he had been open about his struggles with dependancy.
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Reavis’ sentence of 131 months (10 years and 11 months) was introduced after prosecutors learn an announcement from Miller’s mom, Karen Meyers.
“My life went darkish the second Malcolm left his world,” the assertion learn. “Malcolm was my particular person, greater than a son. We had a bond and kinship that was deep and particular and irreplaceable. We spoke almost day by day about every thing — his life, plans, music, desires.”
She mourned that Miller wouldn’t have taken the tablets that ended his life if he had recognized they’d fentanyl in them.
“He needed to dwell and was excited in regards to the future. The opening in my coronary heart will at all times be there,” she wrote.
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Reavis was one in every of three males who had been charged in reference to Miller’s dying. Prosecutors say Stephen Andrew Walter directed Reavis to ship tablets to Cameron James Pettit, who allegedly offered them to Miller.
In November 2021, Reavis and Walter pleaded responsible for his or her function in Miller’s dying. Walter has not but been sentenced however he has signed a plea settlement for 17 years in jail. Pettit has pleaded not responsible.
Reavis’ lawyer described the defendant as a heroin and opioid addict who used drug operating to help his behavior.
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Reavis addressed the court docket with regret for the ache he precipitated.
“This isn’t only a common drug case. Anyone died, and a household is rarely going to get their son again. My household can be wrecked if it was me. They’d by no means be all proper, by no means actually recover from it. I take into consideration that on a regular basis. And I do know that no matter occurs at the moment, I’m the fortunate one as a result of my household is right here and I’m right here and I’ll be with them once more. I really feel horrible. This isn’t who I’m,” Reavis stated.
“My perspective has modified. My coronary heart has modified.”
He claimed that he didn’t know the tablets he offered had been what precipitated the rapper’s dying.
Assistant U.S. Legal professional Elia Herrera pushed again on his alleged lack of understanding and produced a textual content that the supplier despatched almost a yr after Miller’s dying. In it, Reavis is upset that an affiliate arrange a deal for oxycodone tablets often called “blues” with somebody named “Jenny,” just for a person to indicate up as a substitute.
“So ‘Jenny’ turned out to be a man named jack that claims he [sic] Jenny’s boyfriend. It was him I used to be speaking to the whole time. No heads up, that s–t must be mentioned earlier than hand so I kno [sic] I’m not speaking to a cop… Individuals have been dying from pretend blues left and proper, you higher consider regulation enforcement is utilizing informants and undercover[s] to purchase them on the road do [sic] they will begin placing ppl in jail for all times for promoting pretend tablets,” the textual content from Reavis learn.
In response to this proof, Herrara stated, “Defendant knew that individuals had been dying from pretend blues left and proper. He knew that individuals had been being put away in jail for all times for dealing them. Defendant was not anxious about individuals dying left and proper. He was anxious about getting caught.”
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Along with the almost 11 years in jail, Reavis should additionally bear three years of supervised launch with drug testing.
When Miller died, he was about to kick off a tour for his album Swimming. He was posthumously nominated for his first Grammy for the album in December 2018.
Miller’s closing album Circles, which he had been engaged on up till his dying, was launched in 2020 to widespread essential acclaim.
The album was accomplished by the artist’s collaborators, together with producer Jon Brion.
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