A judge has sentenced state lawmaker’s son Robin Gattis to 16 years in prison for leading a conspiracy to import methylone from China and sell it in Alaska, after a Wasilla man died in a fatal overdose of his product.
A federal indictment describes a three-day party that started Friday, April 13, 2012. There, the indictments say, Robin Gattis gave “molly” to many guests, including 20-year-old Matthew Gordon Scott.
Gattis was at the party for most of that time. The sentencing memorandum says Gattis left the party house, then told someone else to check on Scott, who was found dead on April 16.
Correspondence from Gattis after the party indicates he might have known Scott was suffering from a serious overdose. After Scott’s death, Gattis sent a text to a friend saying “his knees were turning blue which is an early sign of overdose.”
Gattis texted the friend that he had advised Scott to lay down. In his messages, Gattis said he thought Scott may have woken up and taken more pills.
Robin Gattis also sent Facebook messages to a person who knew both Gattis and Scott. Gattis mentioned Scott’s blue knees, then said he had stopped Scott from taking more. Gattis said he then went to sleep.
“(W)hen I woke up my bag was open,” Gattis wrote. “I qipped up up and remember my bag being sealed and when I woke up it was open and mat was dead so he must have taken more…”
Before Matt Scott’s death, court documents say Robin Gattis was importing methylone from China at between $4 and $6 per gram. He’d then put it in capsules and sell it for $10 to $15 per 15-milligram dose.
Gattis wrote an e-mail where he rapped about his drug dealing lifestyle. “I’m a god, watch me throw my lightning.” A photo Gattis posted on Facebook shows him holding what appears to be a bong while dollar bills float in the air around him.
He also wrote to his mother, state Rep. Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla) in December 2011, telling her he was a drug dealer, “probly one of the biggest in Alaska for a time.” Both of his parents, Lynn and her husband Richard, tried to reach out to their son to make better choices.
In weaker moments, Gattis admitted to his parents he felt in over his head.
“I don’t want to live like this anymore,” he wrote to his mother in December. “The DEA has increased funding by the boatload right after I started importing pounds of (ecstasy) at a time.”
Still, email records show Gattis was importing drugs from China even when he knew it was illegal.
“(M)y cost is essentially double now that the ban is here, or soon to be here,” Gattis wrote in an Oct. 12, 2011 email.
According to a May 2011 Gattis sent to one of his friends, the combination of continued dealing and prosecution made for a busy schedule.
“I'm in between court dates,” Gattis wrote. “I'm committing several felonies by buying and selling drugs, ironic.”
In February of 2012 Gattis was released from state jail on a drug crime. Upon his release, he emailed his China supplier and said his last package was intercepted by the U.S. Department of Homeland security.
“(I)s there any way I can have it resent to a different name and address or something?” Gattis asked.
The sentencing memorandum says Gattis received at least three shipments while charges were pending.
After Scott’s death, Gattis seemed scared initially writing to his supplier that he thought he might have had a bad batch.
“My best friend took the M1 I got and died last night,” Gattis wrote.
A few weeks later, he e-mailed that supplier again, “sorry for the alarming e-mail before.” Gattis then went on to order more M1.
In a sentencing memorandum from U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler’s office, prosecutors call Gattis’s acts “a callous and heinous crime that spread drugs throughout the community and resulted in the death of a young man.”
The document compares Gattis to other criminals who face charges, holding him to a higher standard due to his background.
“Unlike so many of the offenders who face sentencing in this Court, Robin Gattis has led a privileged life,” prosecutors wrote. “He squandered opportunities that many others never enjoy. Despite his youth and relatively minor criminal history, Gattis should receive a long prison term for this crime.”