Ed Buck: Prominent Democratic donor sentenced to death for two men he gave drugs

Buck was found guilty of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug-involved area and two counts of the lure to travel in the state trade for prostitution.

Gemmel Moore, 26, died of an overdose in July 2017 and Timothy Dean, 55, died in January 2019.

“It was an enormous honor to be able to assert the rights of the victims in the case,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney Chelsea Norell.

CNN reached out to Bucks’ attorney, Ludlow Creary II, for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

According to a 2019 indictment, Buck was “involved in a pattern of asking men to take drugs that Buck delivered and perform sexual acts in Buck’s apartment” – a practice described in the document as “partying and playing”.
The victims were asked on social media, including a gay dating site, and Buck used a recruiter to scout and propose men, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said in a press release Tuesday that Buck typically targeted people who were poor, homeless or struggling with substance abuse.

“He exploited the wealth and balance of power between them by offering his victims money to use drugs and letting Buck inject them with drugs,” prosecutors said in the statement.

Buck bought a plane ticket to Moore that had moved to Texas so Moore could travel to Los Angeles in July 2017 to party and play in Bucks apartment, according to prosecutors

CNN subsidiary KCBS reported that Moore’s mother, Latisha Nixon, said Tuesday was bittersweet because her son died four years ago on July 27th.

“But we got victory today,” she said outside the courthouse.

Timothy Dean’s sister Joyce Jackson thanked her followers.

“Finally, Ed Buck will never hurt anyone else, and I thank God for that,” Jackson said.

Norell thanked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“They put together a huge case and we would not have had the scope and quality of evidence without our law enforcement partners who are the unsung heroes here,” Norell said.

Buck, 66, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison with a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

He also faces state charges filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Buck has donated to a number of Democratic candidates and PACs in recent years, according to information from OpenSecrets, a non-partisan group that tracks money in U.S. politics. Recipients hurried to return Bucks money after Dean’s death.

CNN’s Sarah Moon contributed to this report.

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