Man to plead guilty in death of rapper Mac Miller in Studio City – Daily News

By FRED SHUSTER | city ​​news service

LOS ANGELES — A Westwood man is expected to plead guilty next week to supplying counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl to Mac Miller prior to the hip-hop entertainer’s overdose death.

Stephen Walter, 48, is one of three people charged in the death of the rapper, who suffered a fatal overdose in Studio City on September 7, 2018.

Walter is expected to plead guilty Monday via Zoom to a federal charge of distributing fentanyl and accept a 17-year prison term, according to his plea agreement.

Two co-defendants, Cameron James Pettit and Ryan Michael Reavis, are due to stand trial in March.

Prosecutors allege Walter, Reavis and Pettit distributed narcotics to 26-year-old Malcolm James McCormick – who recorded and performed as Mac Miller – two days before the entertainer overdosed.

The indictment alleges that Pettit ordered the fentanyl-containing pills from Walter and that Reavis delivered the narcotics to Pettit, who sold the drugs to Miller.

Reavis, 38, of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Pettit, 30, of West Hollywood, previously pleaded not guilty in federal court in Los Angeles.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles declined to comment.

According to communications detailed in court documents, late on the night of September 4, 2018, Pettit agreed to supply Miller with 30-milligram oxycodone pills, along with cocaine and the sedative Xanax. But instead of supplying the rapper with genuine oxycodone upon delivery, Pettit allegedly sold counterfeit oxycodone pills to Miller containing fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.

Two days after Pettit allegedly provided Miller with the fentanyl-containing pills, the rapper died at home. An affidavit alleges that hours after news outlets reported Miller’s death, Pettit messaged a friend saying, “I will most likely die in prison.”

Investigators believe Miller died after snorting the counterfeit oxycodone pills that were provided by Pettit, according to the affidavit. While another person allegedly supplied Miller with other drugs before his death, according to the affidavit, those pills did not contain fentanyl.

Weeks after Miller’s death, Walter agreed to sell Pettit 10 “blues” – a street name for the painkiller Percocet, according to the indictment, which also alleges other drug dealings between the two men , one just two months ago.

Miller started rapping at age 14 and built a large following before signing to fellow Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s label. Miller has released five studio albums and a string of mixtapes during her career. His last album, “Swimming”, was released on Warner Records just a month before his death.