Ed Buck continued to inject gay men with lethal dosages of methamphetamine even after two men were found dead in his California apartment, and he was eventually arrested.

On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced him to 30 years in jail for the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, which occurred in 2011. Another guy, Dane Brown, was repeatedly injected by Buck but survived, and his terrifying description of being revived twice led to Buck’s arrest in 2019. Buck was sentenced to prison in 2019.

Ed Buck

A court appearance was scheduled for Buck, 67, who is accused of delivering deadly amounts of narcotics, operating a drug den, and encouraging men to travel for prostitution. Buck is a major donor to Democratic, LGBTQ, and animal rights causes, as well as the Democratic Party. He was found guilty and sentenced to prison last summer.

Ed Buck’s Sentencing

In her sentence decision, Federal Judge Christina A. Snyder stated that it was difficult because she had to strike a balance between the good Buck had done in his life and the “horrific crimes” that she described as “more than just an accident.”

As a result, prosecutors argued for a life sentence for Buck, claiming that they couldn’t bear the chance of him being released and that he has demonstrated his ability to commit more crimes.

Ed Buck

Buck’s defense attorneys, on the other hand, sought a sentence of 10 years in prison, which was lower than the federal sentencing recommendations, claiming that he had been sexually molested as a youngster and that health problems had contributed to his heroin addiction.

Buck’s unrelenting zeal to satisfy a fetish by preying on defenseless men, many of whom were young and Black, according to federal prosecutors, is sufficient justification to keep him behind prison for the rest of his life. The attorneys for Buck asserted that any sentence of more than 25 years would practically be a life sentence for him because he is 67 years old.

Buck told the judge on Thursday that he had loved the men and wished he could have turned back the clock, but claimed that he was not to blame for what had happened to them.

Although Buck admitted that his actions contributed to their deaths, he maintained that he was not to blame.

Ed Buck

A court filing stated that Buck “used his money and privilege to exploit the wealth and power imbalances that existed between himself and his victims,” who were “unhoused, destitute, and/or struggling with addiction.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Norell stated that Buck used his money and privilege to “exploit the wealth and power imbalances that existed between himself and his victims.” His spending on drugs, parties, and play sessions wrecked lives and developed insidious addictions. “He spent thousands of dollars on drugs and party and play sessions that destroyed lives and bred insidious addictions.”

According to Norell, anything less than 40 years in jail did not adequately account for the severity of Buck’s offenses, and so the 30-year sentence was unconstitutional.

Defense attorneys argued that Buck had been sexually molested as a youngster and had developed a drug addiction as a result of a medical issue, and that the judge should be more merciful in his punishment.

Ed Buck

“It would be far preferable to condemning him to death in prison,” said attorneys Mark Werksman and Elizabeth Little, arguing that the judge should reduce the 25-year sentence recommended by probation officials to allow for rehabilitation and treatment, rather than “relegating him to death in prison.”

Authorities also proposed a $1 million fine, however prosecutors said it should be reduced to $400,000 so that money can be set aside for claims made by the relatives of his survivors.

Buck’s Past and Wealth

Buck, a wealthy white man who worked as a male model before making a small fortune selling an Arizona company he had saved from bankruptcy, was instrumental in leading a successful campaign to recall Republican Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, who was ultimately convicted of impeachment and forced out of office.

Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham
Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham

Buck retired at the age of 32 to the city of West Hollywood, which is recognized for having a big LGBTQ community. He lived in a rent-controlled apartment and has donated more than $500,000 to primarily Democratic causes since 2000, according to public records.

Gemmel Moore was discovered dead in his apartment on July 27, 2017, and this was the beginning of his problems. Buck had flown Moore from Texas that morning on suspicion of drug use, and he was dead by the time the sun went down.

Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, stated in a statement to the court that she hoped Buck would receive the longest sentence possible for destroying her daughter’s life and causing her family great distress. Nixon, a licensed nursing assistant, expressed regret that she was unable to console her son in the same manner she had done so for countless other dying persons.

In the words of Nixon, “All I can think about is how my son died naked on a mattress with no love around him,” Nobody was there to grasp his hand or tell him nice things.

Members of the community and activists demonstrated outside Buck’s apartment, calling for his arrest, but Buck remained at large. Buck’s family members and Jasmyne Cannick, a political strategist, expressed displeasure with the fact that Buck was not prosecuted due of his riches, political connections, and race.

As an inquiry into Moore’s death was ongoing, Buck continued to bribe men so he could inject them with a lethal substance. To voice his displeasure with the investigation, he sent a text message to one individual, Timothy Dean.

About 18 months after Moore’s death, deputies were called to Buck’s apartment on Jan. 7, 2019, for the purpose of conducting an investigation into Dean’s death.

Buck was not apprehended even after Dean was found dead.

‘Buck’s apathy is aptly captured in one image: while he was hiding out in a hotel to avoid arrest for Gemmel Moore’s death, he was injecting Dane Brown, another young Black man, with back-to-back slams of methamphetamine,’ Norell wrote. “Buck’s apathy is aptly captured in one image: while hiding out in a hotel, evading arrest for Gemmel Moore’s.

Brown was homeless at the time of the incident and eventually moved into Buck’s apartment, where he was injected with meth on a daily basis, and often many times a day, for several months.

He was taken to the hospital on September 4, 2019, after Buck shot him up three times in a row with consecutive doses. According to authorities, he had five times the amount of meth in his system as Moore and Dean did when they died.

In less than a week, Brown returned, and after Buck injected him three times with meth, Brown experienced symptoms of overdose. Brown, like the other victims who testified against Buck at his trial last year, was rendered virtually immobile. Buck, he claimed, would not assist him.

According to Norell, Brown was sitting on the couch, resigned to the same fate as Moore and Dean, when he heard the voice of his deceased mother screaming at him to “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,'” as he did.

Brown was able to escape from the residence and make his way to a neighboring gas station, where he dialed 911 and was transported to a local medical facility.

Source: WLK