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Buck was convicted of two offenses of distributing methamphetamine that resulted in deaths, four offenses of distributing methamphetamine, one of maintaining a drug-related premises and two offenses of attraction to travel to the interstate trade for prostitution .

Gemmel Moore, 26, died of an overdose in July 2017 and Timothy Dean, 55, died in January 2019.

“It was a huge honor to be able to claim the rights of the victims of the case,” said US prosecutor Chelsea Norell’s lawyer.

CNN contacted Buck’s lawyer, Ludlow Creary II, to comment, but did not get an immediate response.

According to one Prosecution 2019, Buck “participated in a pattern of soliciting men to consume drugs that Buck provided and having sex in Buck’s apartment,” a practice described in the document as “partying and gambling.”
The victims were solicited on social media, including a gay dating website, and Buck used a recruiter to explore and propose men, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Tuesday in a press release that Buck used to target homeless, homeless people or those who had drug addiction problems.

“He exploited the balance of wealth and power between them by offering money to his victims for drug use and letting Buck inject them with narcotics,” prosecutors said in the statement.

Buck bought a plane ticket for Moore, who had moved to Texas, so Moore could travel to Los Angeles in July 2017 to party and play at Buck’s apartment, according to prosecutors.

Affiliated to CNN KCBS reported that Moore’s mother, Latisha Nixon, said Tuesday was bittersweet because her son died four years ago on July 27th.

“But today we got the victory,” he said in front of the courts.

Timothy Dean’s sister, Joyce Jackson, thanked her fans.

“Finally, Ed Buck will never hurt anyone else and I thank God for that,” Jackson said.

Norell thanked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and the Drug Control Administration.

“They put together a tremendous case and we wouldn’t have had the volume and quality of evidence without our police partners who are the unknown heroes here,” Norell said.

Buck, 66, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison with a maximum life sentence in federal prison.

He also faces state charges filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

Buck has given several Democratic and PAC candidates in recent years, according to OpenSecrets, a non-partisan group that tracks money in U.S. politics. The recipients were quick to return Buck’s money after Dean’s death.

CNN’s Sarah Moon contributed to this report.

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