The American rapper Mac Miller was just 25 years old when he died. He was supplied with the deadly oxycodone pills and an overdose led to his untimely death. One of the three-drug dealers, Ryan Reavis was sentenced to 11 years in jail yesterday. Read the full story below.
The sentencing of Reavis
The posthumous Grammy Award-nominee whose full name was Malcolm James McCormick was found dead on September 7, 2018. His death was determined as an accidental drug overdose from a combination of cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol.
Three drug dealers Ryan Michael Reavis, Cameron James Pettit and Stephen Walter were indicted in 2019 on charges of conspiracy and distribution of drugs to the “Swimming” rapper. Yesterday, Reavis received his punishment at a federal court in LA.
Ryan Michael Reavis, 39, previously stated that he does not know the counterfeit pills he provided to another dealer before they were handed to Miller had been laced with fentanyl. He called himself a “middleman”. Reavis stated before his sentencing:
“This is not just a regular drug case. Somebody died, and a family is never going to get their son back. My family would be wrecked if it was me. They’d never be all right, never truly get over it. I think about that all the time.
And I know that whatever happens today, I’m the lucky one because my family is here and I’m here and I’ll be with them again. I feel terrible. “This is not who I am. My perspective has changed. My heart has changed.”
The Los Angeles Federal court pronounced the judgement regarding Reavis’ sentence for the death of Mac Miller in 2018. District Judge Otis D. Wright II sentenced the 39-year-old drug dealer to a total of ten years and 11 months in prison. He was also been sentenced to three years of supervised release with drug testing in addition to his time in custody.
Mother’s Victim Impact Statement
Mac Miller’s mother Karen Meyers revealed her struggle after her son’s death in a Victim Impact Statement just before the aforementioned sentencing. The prosecutors read the statement of the rapper’s mother wherein she spoke about the impact of losing her young child. The statement reads as under:
“My life went dark the moment Malcolm left his world. Malcolm was my person, more than a son. We had a bond and kinship that was deep and special and irreplaceable. We spoke nearly every day about everything – his life, plans, music, dreams. He would never knowingly take a pill with fentanyl, ever. He wanted to live and was excited about the future. The hole in my heart will always be there.”
The Ground Reality
Reavis may have given a heartfelt statement before his sentence but prosecutors revealed that he owned three guns including a “ghost gun” in addition to boxes of ammunition, “digital scales covered in heroin and methamphetamine residue,” blank prescription pads, and baggies. He was still selling pills nearly a year after Mac’s death.
Mac Miller’s struggle
Miller was always open about his struggle with substance abuse and depression. He began taking promethazine during his Macadelic Tour in 2012 to manage stress. In 2013, he spoke in an interview, “I love lean; it’s great. I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy. I was so fucked up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn’t even look at me the same. I was lost”
Miller’s addiction to drugs took away the best of him. However, in 2016 he revealed that he had become sober. In 2017, he released a statement about his sobriety and said, “I am living regularly.” But then, he couldn’t keep his hands off them.
Miller’s album “Circles” was released posthumously in 2020. Miller had been previously charged with possession of marijuana and faced a $10 million lawsuit for a music dispute with producer Lord Finesse. FYI, he dated Ariana Grande for two and half years.
The accused may have been sentenced for his crime but Miller’s family is never getting their son back. Sadly, he is responsible for his fate and has left a scar on the hearts of his loved ones. What do you think?