Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his role in the overdose deaths of two men at his apartment in West Hollywood, California.
Last year, Buck was found guilty of plying men with drugs during sexual encounters, which led to the overdose deaths of two black men – Gemelle Moore and Timothy Dean.
Buck, 67, lured vulnerable black men – many suffering from homelessness, addiction, and/or poverty – to his home for sex sessions and to inject them with methamphetamine and drug them with sedatives such as gamma hydroxybutyric acid and clonazepam, federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. Buck reportedly used social media sites, dating websites, escort services, and referrals from prior victims to find new men. Buck allegedly would even pay a finder's fee for referrals.
"Prosecutors allege that Buck caused the deaths as a result of his 'fetish' for injecting men with increasing doses of methamphetamine until they became comatose," KABC-TV reported.
The Los Angeles Times reported, "For nearly a decade, the wealthy, white Buck lured young black men at the lowest points in their lives — homeless, addicted, resorting to subsistence-level sex work — into what he called 'party and play' sessions."
"Buck used his money and privilege to exploit the wealth and power imbalances between himself and his victims, who were unhoused, destitute, and/or struggling with addiction," assistant U.S. attorney Chelsea Norell stated in a court filing. "He spent thousands of dollars on drugs and party and play sessions that destroyed lives and bred insidious addictions."
"Buck's lack of remorse is aptly captured in one image: As he was hiding out in a hotel, evading arrest for Gemmel Moore's death, he was injecting Dane Brown, another young black man, with back-to-back slams of methamphetamine," Norell added. "Brown sat on the couch, resigned to the same fate as Moore and Dean, when he heard his deceased mother cry out to him, 'Get up, Dane.'"
Gemelle Moore, 26, was found naked on a mattress in the living room with a "male pornography movie playing on the television" on June 27, 2017, according to the coroner's report. Investigators also discovered sex toys, syringes, and "clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine in a tool box roll-cabinet in the living room," the report stated.
Moore's mother – LaTisha Nixon – wrote a letter to the court calling for Buck to receive the maximum sentence.
"All I can think about is how my son died naked on a mattress with no love around him," Nixon said. "No one to hold his hand or tell him good things."
On Jan. 7, 2019, another black man was found dead at Buck's home. Timothy Dean, 55, died of a methamphetamine overdose.
"In text conversations with multiple friends in which they discussed Moore's death, Dean described him as a 'horrible, horrible man,' 'the f***ing devil,' and mused 'this might be it for Ed Buck,'" the Daily Mail reported.
"A search of the Internet Adult Film Database shows that Dean worked as a gay porn actor for about a decade between 2007 and 2016, appearing in 26 productions under the pseudonym 'Hole Hunter,'" according to Pink News.
Buck was a big-dollar donor to the Democratic Party.
The New York Times reported, "Mr. Buck was a longtime activist who had donated at least $116,000 over his lifetime to Democratic candidates and groups."
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