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.
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