Woman sentenced to 10 years in Ill. drug death - KMOV.com

Woman sentenced to 10 years in Ill. drug death

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois woman who admits selling drugs to a man who later overdosed on them has been ordered to spend 10 years in federal prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Amanda Overstreet of Bethalto was sentenced Friday, nearly four months after pleading guilty to a charge of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death.

Overstreet admitted selling methadone to 24-year-old Jared Hawkins in November 2004 in Alton. Hawkins later fatally overdosed on the drugs.

Although it is best known as a prescription drug that curbs heroin addiction, methadone increasingly has been prescribed as a pain medication.

A judge in East St. Louis also ordered Overstreet to pay more than $5,400 in restitution to Hawkins' family.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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