Longtime Democrat donor Ed Buck sentenced to 30 years in drugging deaths of two men

Ed Buck, a longtime, high-dollar donor to a number of prominent Democrat politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison following his 2021 conviction in the overdose deaths of two men to whom he administered methamphetamine in exchange for sexual favors, as the Washington Examiner reports.

At trial, prosecutors alleged that Buck had made it routine practice to lure young, poverty-stricken Black men to his Los Angeles apartment in order to carry out a sexual fetish that involved injecting them with drugs, and it was that conduct that ultimately led to the deaths of Gemmel Moore in 2017 and Timothy Dean in 2019, as Fox News reported last year.

Despite the two men’s deaths in his apartment, Buck proceeded with his habit of injecting men with dangerous doses of meth before sexually assaulting them, and another victim, Dane Brown, also nearly died as a result of his interactions with Buck, as the New York Post explained.

Political activists, together with Moore’s family mounted a campaign to draw attention to Buck’s history prior to his eventual arrest, alleging that his political connections to Democrat power brokers, his wealth, and his race had kept him from being held accountable for his crimes.

Ultimately, however, Buck was convicted on two counts of methamphetamine distribution resulting in death, four counts of methamphetamine distribution, a count of maintaining a drug-involved premises, and two counts of enticement to travel in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution.

Prosecutors had asked that Buck, 67, receive a life sentence, while defense attorneys sought a prison term of just 10 years, arguing that Buck deserved leniency because he had allegedly been sexually abused in childhood and because of the health issues that led him down the path of addiction.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Norell contended that the former donor to high-profile California Democrats such as Gov. Gavin Newsom, Reps. Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, should never see freedom again, writing, “Buck does not value human life beyond his own. He used human beings as playthings, destroying their lives merely to appease his own sexual gratification.”

Judge Christina Snyder said she had a difficult time determining an appropriate sentence for Buck, given that he had performed philanthropic work for LGBTQ and animal rights charities, but that it was also necessary to balance those endeavors with the “horrific crimes” that were, in her words, “more than just an accident.”

A hearing to determine Buck’s financial restitution obligations has been postponed for the time being, as the Examiner noted, but the families of his victims can now take solace in the fact that, given his age, this depraved predator will almost certainly die in prison.

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