The man who gave fentanyl pills to a convicted dealer

A man has been convicted of distributing fentanyl and sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison in connection with the 2018 death of rapper Mac Miller, a federal court has ruled.

Ryan Michael Reavis, 39, was sentenced to 10 years and 11 months after pleading guilty to a single count of distributing fentanyl, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY from the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Reavis is one of three men indicted by a federal grand jury in 2019 after authorities said they were responsible for giving the 26-year-old rapper several drugs, including fentanyl-based oxycodone, Xanax and cocaine, nearly two days before Miller’s overdose.

“This is a very tragic and difficult case. ‘Mac Miller was loved and admired by so many,’ Reavis attorney Cori Ferrentino said in a statement to USA TODAY, saying Reavis didn’t know not the pills he provided that would end up being given to Miller included fentanyl.

“He’s battled many of the same addiction-related demons that Mr. Reavis has battled his entire life. Mr. Reavis doesn’t waste a minute that he can return to his family and Mac Miller won’t. … (Reavis ) will continue to use this time to grow in his recovery and to honor the life lost in any way possible.”

USA TODAY has contacted attorneys for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further comment.

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Reavis previously pleaded guilty to a federal charge after admitting to knowingly supplying 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, prosecutors say.

Reavis, who moved from Los Angeles to Arizona in 2019, is the second defendant to plead guilty after co-defendant Stephen Andrew Walter pleaded guilty to fentanyl distribution charges in September 2021. Walter is expected to be sentenced next month. The case of Pettit, who pleaded guilty to all charges, is still pending.

Lawyers previously said Walter had Reavis distribute fentanyl in the form of oxycodone pills to Miller’s dealer, Pettit.

“The defendant knew that the pills he ordered Reavis to give Pettit contained fentanyl or another federally controlled substance,” Walter’s plea agreement reads. “(Miller) wouldn’t have died of an overdose if not for the fentanyl in the pills (Miller) received from Pettit on September 4, 2018.”

Read the obituary:Mac Miller died of a suspected drug overdose aged 26

Prosecutors suggested Walter serve a 17-year prison sentence with an additional 5-year “supervised release” in the plea deal.

According to the toxicology report, Miller was found unresponsive, kneeling on his bed in a “praying position” at his Los Angeles-area home on September 7, 2018 by his assistant, who called 911 and was instructed to perform CPR until paramedics arrive. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 a.m. PDT.

Miller struggled with drug addiction, revealing his ups and downs with drug addiction in interviews and song lyrics.

He rapped about his struggles with addiction on his 2014 “Faces” mixtape, talking about this period of his life at Vulture in an interview posted days before his death. “I used to rap very openly about really dark (expletive), because that’s what I was going through at the time,” he said. “It’s fine, it’s fine, it’s life. It should be all the emotions.”

Contributors: Elise Brisco and Anika Reed, USA TODAY; and the Associated Press

The man who gave fentanyl pills to a convicted dealer

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