Second Mac Miller Drug Dealer Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

Mac Miller drug dealer sentenced

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A second man who provided fentanyl-laced pills to rapper Mac Miller received his prison sentence after pleading guilty last year.

Stephen Walter, 49, who pleaded guilty last year to a federal count of fentanyl distribution, was sentenced to serve 210 months–more than 17 years–in federal prison. This sentence comes due to his part in supplying the fentanyl-laced pills leading to rapper Mac Miller’s fatal overdose in 2018.

Malcolm McCormick, better known as Mac Miller, died on September 7, 2018, at age 26 of a drug overdose–specifically, a combination of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. Walter had supplied the fentanyl leading to his death.

In addition to Walter, 39-year-old Ryan Reavis pleaded guilty to distribution charges and was sentenced to almost 11 years behind bars in April. The case against a third individual, Cameron Pettit, 30, is still pending. 

Reavis, who had received the counterfeit oxycodone pills from Walter before supplying them to Pettit, admitted knowing that they contained fentanyl or another controlled substance. According to prosecutors, shortly after Reavis handed them over to Pettit, the latter allegedly provided them to Mac Miller two days before the rapper suffered his fatal overdose.

Miller was a self-taught musician who began rapping at age 14, initially under the name Easy Mac. After a series of mixtapes, he established himself as Mac Miller in 2009 and signed with Rostrum Records in 2010. In 2011, he released his first studio album, Blue Slide Park.

By late 2014, Miller had signed his independent label, REMember Music, with Warner Bros. Records. With a major label in his toolbelt, Miller released four studio albums, including the posthumous Circles in 2020. His 2018 LP, Swimming, was posthumously nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Often referencing his struggles with substance abuse and addiction in his lyrics, Miller spoke openly about these and other issues he suffered, such as depression. In 2014, Miller was taking drugs daily and felt that the final track on his album Faces, “Grand Finale,” was “supposed to be the last song (he) made on earth.” 

After his death, thousands of fans held a vigil for Miller at Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park on September 11, 2018. The site continues to serve as a site of remembrance for the artist.