the actor Michael K. Williamswho is perhaps best known for his memorable role as Omar on the hit HBO series the wireHe died in 2021 at the age of 54. An autopsy later found that Williams had died of an overdose after taking heroin that had been mixed with fentanyl. Four men were charged with criminal offenses when police investigated who sold Williams the fatal drug, among them Carlos Machi. The 71-year-old pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs in April and will be charged with the crime later this month. The court’s probation office recommends 10 years in prison.
Per BBC News, the wire Content Builder David Simon He wrote a three-page letter to the judge that Maxi’s lawyer filed this week. In the speech, Simon pleaded for leniency with Macci, arguing that this was what Williams wanted. This is because the late actor was someone who “believed in redemption,” and as a friend he knew well, Simon feels confident that Williams would have fought against Maxie’s imprisonment.
“No possible benefit can come from the imprisonment of a 71-year-old soul, largely illiterate, who himself has struggled with addiction for life and who was not involved in street-level drug sales with aspirations of success and profit but rather as someone he has fallen into.” Diaspora itself because of addiction,” Simon writes in part. “[Williams] He fought hard for his country and for everyone else in Baltimore, Brooklyn, and everywhere else he faced it. He will fight for Mr. Maxi.”
Michael K. Williams doesn’t want Maxie to go to jail
According to police, McKee and three other members of a drug trafficking group sold Williams heroin laced with fentanyl, noting that the dealers continued selling heroin with the leash even after learning of the actor’s overdose. After a police investigation, Macci was jailed in 2022 and has been behind bars ever since. His lawyer requests that Macci be released in exchange for her time served, and Simon’s letter is included in this request. If granted, Macci will be released after serving a year and a half in prison.
Williams’ problems with addiction were well known, as he had spoken publicly about his struggles. Simon says Williams will only hold himself responsible for his overdose, because he knew the dangers of heavy drug use when he bought and used heroin. Knowing this about Williams, Simon says he felt compelled to stress the point in his letter.
Simon said, “It is this attitude—along with Michael’s stated opposition to mass incarceration and the drug war…that convinces me that he wants me to write this letter.”
Along with his role in the wireWilliams is also known for starring in the HBO series Corridor Empire. He has also appeared in movies like RobocopAnd The Purge: ChaosAnd GhostbustersAnd Doctrine killer. One of his last roles was appearing alongside Letitia Wright and Jamie Bell in Western dramas surroundedwhich was released on Digital last month.