Ed Buck was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing two men with drugs.
It used to be that Buck gave money and worked for the Democrats, but now he's an addict who lures men to parties at his apartment and gives them meth. Two of them were killed.
When a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Ed Buck on Thursday, they said he gave two men fatal doses of methamphetamine at his home in West Hollywood.
After the sentencing, Mr. Buck's unusual journey from a well-known activist to a predator is over. During "party and play" sessions at Mr. Buck's apartment, two men died about 18 months apart. In 2011, prosecutors said he dragged men to sex-filled parties and gave them drugs. They said he did this from 2011 to 2019.
In July 2021, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California sentenced 67-year-old John Buck to three and a half years in prison after he was found guilty of nine charges, including methamphetamine distribution that led to death, prostitution, and maintaining a drug-involved home.
The judge set up a hearing next month to figure out how much restitution Mr. Buck should pay.
Last year, the Justice Department said that Mr. Buck could have been in prison for up to 20 years or even for life.
As the US attorney in charge of that district, Tracy L. Wilkison said on Thursday that she hoped the sentence would bring some comfort to those who lost their loved ones.
As a prosecutor, she said this defendant took advantage of men who were drug addicts and often lived on the streets to feed an addiction that led to death and pain.
In July 2017, Mr. Moore died, and Mr. Dean died in January of 2019.
He said on Thursday that he was going to fight what he called a "excessive sentence."
"The deaths were very sad." He was charged and convicted, which was very sad. "The sentence was very sad," he said. "No one should have done this."
The U.S. Attorney's Office said that most of Mr. Buck's victims were black men that he met online or through his previous victims. A lot of the time, while they were asleep, he would give them methamphetamine from a syringe at his apartment.
It was said that Buck told the judge that he wasn't "meth-fueled," which is what prosecutor's said he was. He told the judge that that wasn't the case at all.
"These are men I cared about and loved." "I did not kill them."
Political activist Jasmyne Cannick, who spoke for the families of Moore and Dean, said that even though Buck was sentenced Thursday, the families were not done with getting justice. Two people have sued him for wrongful death, but they were put on hold until his criminal case was over, she said.
Even though it's been closed, she said, "it's a very important chapter that has come to an end."
Buck's double life began to fall apart in January 2019 when Mr. Dean, his second victim, was found dead in the same way that Mr. Moore was found 18 months earlier. This was the same way that Mr. Dean was found. Both of them were gay Black men.
The second death made people wonder what was going on in Mr. Buck's apartment. There were a lot of people protesting outside the apartment building.
It wasn't until September 2019 that he was arrested or charged. A week after a third man overdosed at Mr. Buck's apartment, he was not arrested or charged with anything. The man lived.
Over the course of his life, Buck had given at least $116,000 to Democratic candidates and groups. In the 1980s, when he was a Republican and led a campaign to get rid of a Republican governor in Arizona, he became well-known across the country.
When he was 32, he said he had made a lot of money in the insurance service business. During a few years in Europe, he did a lot of work as an actor.