Man who supplied fentanyl that killed Mac Miller in Studio City gets 17 years in prison

LOS ANGELES — A Westwood man was sentenced Monday to more than 17 years behind bars for his role in supplying the fentanyl-containing pills that led to rapper Mac Miller’s fatal overdose four years ago.

Stephen Walter was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

In September 2018, Miller died of a drug overdose, namely a lethal combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. Just days before the 26-year-old rapper died, Walter provided the fentanyl that ultimately killed him.

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Walter, 49, pleaded guilty last year to a federal count of distributing fentanyl.

In September 2018, Miller died of a drug overdose, namely a lethal combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. Just days before the 26-year-old rapper died, Walter provided the fentanyl that ultimately killed him.

Two others were also charged. Ryan Reavis, 39, pleaded guilty to the distribution charge and was sentenced in April to nearly 11 years behind bars. The case against Cameron Pettit, 30, of West Hollywood, is ongoing.

The pills traveled from Walter to Reavis, who provided the counterfeit oxycodone pills to the third defendant, according to documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

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Reavis admitted knowing the pills contained fentanyl or another controlled substance. Shortly after Reavis handed over the pills, Pettit reportedly provided them to Malcolm McCormick – who recorded and performed under the name Mac Miller – two days before the rapper suffered a fatal overdose in Studio City on September 7, 2018, federal prosecutors said.

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 series of mix tapes during her career. His last album, “Swimming”, was released on Warner Records just a month before his death.