Mac Miller’s drug supplier was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Monday for distributing the Percocet pills laced with fentanyl that contributed to the rapper’s fatal overdose.
Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, of California, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl in November 2021.
The offense carries a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence, but under a plea agreement Walter will instead serve a 17-and-a-half-year term, according to a sentencing memorandum which was obtained by KTLA.
Officials allege Walter knew the pills contained fentanyl or some other federally controlled substance when he authorized their distribution.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in California, which oversaw Walter’s case, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Miller – whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick – was just 26 when he died of an accidental overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl in 2018. He also had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time.
Mac Miller’s drug supplier was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for distributing the Percocet pills laced with fentanyl that contributed to the rapper’s fatal overdose. Miller is pictured in Sao Paulo, Brazil in March 2018
Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, of California, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl in November 2021. He supplied the fentanyl-laced drugs that contributed to Miler’s overdose. The coroner is pictured wheeling Miller’s body out of his Los Angeles home on September 7, 2018
Walter is one of three people charged in the famed rapper’s death.
Ryan Michael Reavis, 39, was sentenced last month to 11 years in prison after he also pleaded guilty to fentanyl distribution.
Reavis knowingly supplied counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl to co-defendant Cameron James Pettit, 30. The case against Petit is still pending.
In November 2021, when Walter entered his guilty plea, prosecutors recommended he receive 17 years in prison and five years of supervised release.
The prosecutors made a point to say that ‘Walter pleading guilty here means he was fully aware of what he was pawning off that night – counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl.’
A picture of the drugs given to Miller just days before his death, according to court documents
Miller was found dead by his assistant at his Los Angeles home on September 7. According to the coroner’s report he died from an accidental overdose due to a combination of alcohol and drugs. The coroner is pictured at Miller’s home on September 7, 2018
In a grand jury indictment, Walter, along with Pettit and Reavis were charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death, and distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.
The unsealed indictment – which is 12 pages long – alleges that Walter supplied the fentanyl and cocaine that Pettit sold to Miller, while Reavis acted as a middleman.
Shortly after the indictment was unsealed, Pettit pleaded not guilty.
Both Reavis and Walter have criminal records involving drugs, according to the indictment.
Diagrams from Miller’s toxicology report revealed he had a 0.25inch red abrasion in his nose
Diagrams from Miller’s toxicology report outline his tattoos and show that there were no physical signs of foul play
On September 5, 2018 – two days before he died – Miller allegedly purchased cocaine, Xanax and 10 blue pills that appeared to be oxycodone from Petit.
In texts purportedly written by Miller to Petit, the rapper proclaimed his love for oxycodone, or ‘percs’ for the brand name Percocet.
However, the oxycodone pills Miller purchased were counterfeit, and actually contained fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.
In another set of text messages, Reavis, who sold the laced pills to Petit on September 4, worried about undercover police buying drugs.
‘People have been dying from fake blues left and right,’ the message said. ‘You better believe law enforcement is using informant informants and undercover to buy them on the street so they can start putting ppl in prison for life for selling fake pills.’
Miller was found dead by his assistant at his Los Angeles home on September 7. According to the coroner’s report he died from an accidental overdose due to a combination of alcohol and drugs.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agency says just milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal, depending on an individual’s tolerance, past use and body size.
Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the primary driver of U.S. overdose deaths.
Miller’s beats and rhymes, with their frank expressions of drug use and depression, made him a beloved and respected figure among fans, including some of the biggest names in hip-hop
Miller’s beats and rhymes, with their frank expressions of drug use and depression, made him a beloved and respected figure among fans, including some of the biggest names in hip-hop.
The Pittsburgh native was in a two-year relationship with Ariana Grande that ended earlier in 2018.
After his death, the pop star posted a loving video of him on her Instagram page and released a song, ‘Thank U Next,’ that affectionately mentioned him. Grande also made several apparent references to their relationship on her album featuring the same name.
Three months after his death, Miller was posthumously nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for his highly-acclaimed LP, Swimming.
His sixth and final studio album, Circles, was released posthumously in 2020.
The Pittsburgh native, whose real name was Malcolm James Myers McCormick, was in a two-year relationship with Ariana Grande that ended earlier in 2018. The pair are pictured together in her 2013 music video, The Way