Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Criminal Justice

Ed Buck Sentenced To 30 Years In West Hollywood Overdose Deaths

A man with short gray hair and wearing a blue denim shirt has his mouth open wide as if shouting. Other people stand or sit nearby.
Ed Buck (C) interrupts California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign event on September 22, 2010 in L.A.
(Kevork Djansezian
Getty Images)
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Democratic Party fundraiser and gay rights activist Ed Buck was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Thursday.

Buck was found guilty last year of providing methamphetamine to two men who overdosed and died in his apartment.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Buck, now 67, spent years hosting "party and play" sessions at his apartment, where he would get men to take drugs and perform sex acts.

Sometimes, Buck's "parties" turned deadly. Gemmel Moore died of an overdose in 2017. Timothy Dean died in 2019. Both victims were Black. Buck is white.

Support for LAist comes from

“This defendant preyed upon vulnerable victims — men who were drug-dependent and often without homes — to feed an obsession that led to death and misery,” U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison said in a written statement.

Wilkison went on to say that Buck “continues to pose a clear danger to society" and that the "sentence imposed today will protect other potential victims and hopefully will bring some solace to the families of two men who needlessly died in Mr. Buck’s apartment.”

Buck was arrested in 2019 after an investigation found at least eight other alleged victims who described his apparent fetish to pay men — many of them unhoused and dealing with addiction — to inject meth and have sex.

Buck's arrest came only after activists delivered 30,000 signatures to then District Attorney Jackie Lacey demanding an investigation.

What questions do you have about Southern California?

Updated April 14, 2022 at 4:47 PM PDT
This story was updated to include a statement from U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison.