First Sentence in Mac Miller's Death Handed Down

Ryan Michael Reavis gets nearly 11 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2021 1:00 AM CST
Updated Apr 19, 2022 12:46 AM CDT
Another Plea Deal Struck in Mac Miller's Fentanyl Death
This photo provided by the Havasu City Police Department shows Ryan Reavis in September 2019.   (Havasu City Police Department via AP, File)

Update: Ryan Reavis, one of the drug dealers involved in rapper Mac Miller's fentanyl death, was sentenced Monday to 10 years and 11 months behind bars, TMZ reports. Prosecutors wanted 12 and a half years, while Reavis, who insisted in court that he was just the middle man and that he had no idea the oxycodone pills involved were counterfeit and contained fentanyl, was hoping for 5. The other two men involved, one the alleged drug runner who directed Reavis to supply the pills and the other the alleged drug dealer to whom Reavis supplied the pills (and who in turn sold the pills to Miller), have not yet been sentenced. Our original story from Nov. 11, 2021, follows:

An Arizona man accused of supplying the dealer who sold Mac Miller the drugs that killed the rapper has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge, prosecutors said Wednesday. Ryan Michael Reavis, 38, will admit to a single count of distribution of fentanyl, the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in a statement. Reavis knowingly supplied counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl to co-defendant Cameron James Pettit, 30, of Los Angeles, according to a plea agreement. Pettit sold the pills and other drugs to Miller, who two days later suffered a fatal overdose, according to prosecutors. The case against Pettit is pending.

Another co-defendant, Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, of Los Angeles, agreed last month to plead guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl. Prosecutors said Reavis supplied the pills to Pettit at the direction of Walter, the AP reports. Reavis and Walter are each expected to enter their pleas in the coming weeks. Reavis, formerly of West Los Angeles, moved to Lake Havasu, Ariz., in 2019. Miller’s assistant found the rapper unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on Sept. 7, 2018, and he was declared dead soon after. Miller, a Pittsburgh native whose real name was Malcolm James Myers McCormick, was a beloved and respected figure among hip-hop fans. Circles, his sixth and final studio album, was released posthumously in 2020.

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