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Miles City man sentenced in methadone overdose

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 08 2013 07:43:29 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

A Miles City man who pleaded guilty to giving methadone to a woman who later died of an overdose has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
    
The Billings Gazette reports 27-year-old Joseph Daniel Capehart was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Helena.
    
Capehart pleaded guilty in July to distribution of methadone and aiding and abetting distribution. He admitted giving methadone to 29-year-old Crystal Harrell. An autopsy determined she died in October 2011 from a self-administered intravenous injection of the drug that is used to treat pain or ease withdrawal symptoms.
    
Capehart was initially charged with distribution of methadone resulting in death, but prosecutors say it was possible Harrell obtained methadone from someone besides Capehart in the days before her death.