The family of Michael K Williams is trying to move on from the trauma they faced after his overdose, and his nephew says they hope the heroin dealer who sold him the deadly batch will be caught and punished.
The late Wire star’s nephew, Dominic Dupont, said the dealer’s going to need God and everything that comes with believing in a higher power to make it through a long prison sentence, reported TMZ.
According to the report, Irvin Cartagena pled guilty on Wednesday to one count of conspiring to distribute drugs in connection to Michael’s fatal 2021 overdose, cutting a plea deal in exchange for a prison term of 5 to 40 years.
Cartagena pleaded guilty to distributing the fentanyl-laced heroin. The US actor died aged 54 in 2021. It was later disclosed that his death was caused by an accidental drug overdose.
Dominic found Williams dead from an overdose in the renowned actor’s Brooklyn apartment. On Wednesday, he watched as Cartagena entered his plea.
Dominic says Cartagena is likely to spend decades in prison because of poor choices, and expects he uses the time to get himself together. “People have to be held accountable and responsible for the decisions they make,” he said.
He says Wednesday’s court proceedings led to a sad day for the family and there are no winners in this situation because nothing will bring back Michael.
Moving ahead, Dominic said society needs to do a better job helping people struggling with addiction and finding successful methods to reduce the influx of drugs on America’s streets.
He says people battling with substance abuse need help so they don’t end up like the countless others who’ve died from fentanyl, as Michael did.