A prominent Democratic Party activist has died 30 years in prison for 'party and play' drug crimes

A prominent Democratic Party activist has died 30 years in prison for 'party and play' drug crimes ...

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) - A wealthy former Democratic Party activist who was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for giving fatal doses of methamphetamine to two men he invited to his Los Angeles house for sex was sentenced on Thursday.

Ed Buck, 67, was found guilty on nine criminal counts in a trial in the United States last July after he was involved in soliciting men for sex games, which prosecutors claim they either gave 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, Buck, a prominent local and national figure in Democratic politics who aided President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was sentenced to 360 months in prison.

According to a statement, a restitution hearing in the case was scheduled for May 16.

Prosecutors said at trial that the wealthy political donor targeted homeless, drug-dependent, or otherwise vulnerable men, mostly Black, for his "party and play" sessions. Buck did not testify in his own defense.

He was found guilty of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, each of which involved a drug-involved building, and two counts of enticement to travel in interstate commerce for prostituation.

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