Stephen Andrew Walter is one of the three men to be charged in the drug overdose that resulted in the death of the late hip-hop star Mac Miller. Rolling Stone reports that Walter has been charged to 17 years and six months in prison for fentanyl distribution — six months longer than his plea agreement deal. U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II rejected that plea as being too lenient.
According to Pitchfork, Walter’s lawyer claims that his client did not know Miller and was not aware that the pills he sold had fentanyl in them. The plea agreement was made base upon Walter’s “age, health issues and long battle with addiction,” but there are no plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.
Miller’s death shocked the music industry in 2018 when he became one of over a million Americans who have died of an overdose since 2000. In 2021, drug overdoses reached a record high, claiming 107,000 lives — roughly one person every five minutes.