David Simon, The Wire’s creator of “The Wire,” advocates for leniency in the case of an elderly man linked to actor Michael K. Williams’ tragic drug overdose.
Simon has penned a letter to a Manhattan judge, asking for leniency for the accused, 71-year-old Carlos Macci.
Simon’s plea was part of Macci’s defense submission, presented to U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams.
According to Yahoo! News, Simon underlined the actor’s staunch belief in personal responsibility.
Michael K. Williams, Simon recalled, always held himself accountable for his choices about drug usage.
This, coupled with his well-documented opposition to mass incarceration and the war on drugs, made Simon write the letter.
“What happened to Mike is a grievous tragedy. But I know that Michael would look upon the undone and desolate life of Mr. Macci and know two things with certainty: First, that it was Michael who bears the fuller responsibility for what happened. No possible good can come from incarcerating a 71-year-old soul, largely illiterate, who has himself struggled with a lifetime of addiction.”
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Macci is among the four individuals implicated in Michael K. Williams’s tragic overdose.
All four have pleaded guilty, with Macci’s sentencing slated for later this month.
The court’s probation office allegedly suggested a decade-long sentence for Macci, who admitted to conspiring to possess and distribute narcotics in April.
However, Zeman wants a sentence of time served, around one and a half years long, for Macci–he has been in custody since his arrest in February 2022.
Zeman explained his rationale for requesting Simon’s help, citing the latter’s insightful commentary on the war on drugs’ fallout and his relationship with Williams.
In his correspondence, Simon called Williams among the finest actors he had worked with and one of the most thoughtful souls he could call a friend.
He highlighted how Williams consistently took responsibility for his actions, setting the tone for his plea for leniency for Macci.