LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) - A wealthy former Democratic Party activist accused of giving methamphetamine to two men he invited to his Los Angeles home for sex was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in federal prison.
Ed Buck, 67, was found guilty on nine criminal offenses in a trial in New York City last July based on his involvement in sex games, where prosecutors claimed to have given out drugs or injected them into his partners.
Gemmel Moore, 26, died on July 27, 2017 and Timothy Dean, 55, in January 2019.
According to a federal judge on Thursday, Buck, a prominent local and national politician who helped lead the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
According to the statement, a restitution hearing in the case was scheduled for May 16, according to the statement.
Prosecutors said at trial that the wealthy political donor targeted homeless, drug-dependent, or otherwise vulnerable men, most of whom Black, for his "party and play" sessions. Buck did not testify in his own defense.
Several cases of distribution of methamphetamine resulted in death, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug-involved facility, and two counts of enticement to travel in interstate commerce.