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Second person pleads guilty to fentanyl distribution responsible for Mac Miller's death

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An Arizona man accused of supplying the dealer who sold Mac Miller the drugs that killed the rapper has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Ryan Michael Reavis, 38, will admit to a single count of distribution of fentanyl, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in a statement.

Reavis knowingly supplied 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, according to prosecutors.

Reavis is the second defendant to plead guilty after co-defendant Stephen Andrew Walter pleaded guilty to charges of fentanyl distribution last month, according to an agreement obtained by USA TODAY.

Walter and his attorney William Harris signed the agreement Oct. 22 admitting Walter "knowingly" distributed the narcotic to others which then made it to the hands of Miller, whose legal name is Malcolm James McCormick.

In the document, which refers to the "Weekend" rapper as "M.M.," attorneys say Walter instructed Reavis to distribute fentanyl that was presented as oxycodone pills to Miller's dealer Pettit.

Reavis, formerly of West Los Angeles, moved to Lake Havasu, Arizona, in 2019.

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"Defendant knew that the pills that he directed Reavis to give to Pettit contained fentanyl or some other federally controlled substance," the agreement read. "M.M. would not have died from an overdose but for the fentanyl contained in the pills that M.M. had received from Pettit on September 4, 2018."

Prosecutors suggest Walter serve a 17-year prison sentence with an additional 5-year "supervised release" in the plea agreement.

Pettit has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case.

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The three men were initially charged by a federal grand jury in 2019 after authorities said they were responsible for giving the 26-year-old rapper several drugs including fentanyl-laced oxycodone, Xanax and cocaine, almost two days before Miller's overdose.

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

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

He rapped about his struggles with addiction on his 2014 mixtape "Faces," speaking about that time in his life to Vulture in an interview published days before his death. “I used to rap super openly about really dark (expletive), because that’s what I was experiencing at the time," he said. "That’s fine, that’s good, that’s life. It should be all the emotions."

Contributing: Anika Reed, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mac Miller death: Second defendant pleads guilty in rapper's overdose

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