Carlos Macci, 72, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for his involvement in the drug-related death of acclaimed actor Michael K Williams
Carlos Macci, 72, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for his involvement in the drug-related death of acclaimed actor Michael K Williams. Prosecutors had requested a four-year prison term for Macci, one of four men charged with supplying the Wire star with heroin laced with fentanyl, but his nephew and the show’s co-creator pleaded for leniency.
Macci had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute narcotics in April 2021, shortly after Williams succumbed to an overdose at the age of 54.
Michael K. Williams, a beloved actor known for his acclaimed roles in The Wire and other productions, tragically died from a drug overdose on September 5th, 2021. Now, four individuals have been charged in connection with his death - including 72-year-old Macci, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and will be sentenced in August. Two other defendants have denied the charges.
In court papers, prosecutors allege that Macci has been “selling deadly narcotics: heroin and now heroin laced with fentanyl” for decades. Judge Ronnie Abrams remarked that selling the drugs “not only cost Mr Williams his life, but it’s costing your freedom”.
David Simon, the co-creator of The Wire, submitted a three-page letter to the court in an effort to seek mercy for Macci. He wrote that Williams “believed in redemption” and “no possible good can come from incarcerating a… soul, largely illiterate, who has himself struggled with a lifetime of addiction”. He also stated that Williams himself “would have fought” for Macci.
Williams' nephew, Dominic Dupont, echoed this sentiment, telling the judge that he believed Macci could have the opportunity to turn his life around.
As drug overdose deaths continue to rise in the US, more states are enacting laws allowing prosecutors to charge overdoses as homicides in order to deter people from selling or sharing fentanyl.