A 36-year-old Billings man who says he doesn’t remember spiking a coffee maker at his mother’s tax business with methamphetamine was sentenced Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court.
Judge Russell Fagg ordered Craig Charles Benedict to serve five years in state custody for felony criminal endangerment.
Fagg followed a joint recommendation from prosecutors and Benedict’s defense lawyer, and also referred Benedict to a state drug treatment program.
Benedict briefly apologized before he was sentenced and told the judge he does not remember putting methamphetamine into the coffee maker.
“I was on drugs and don’t recall doing it,” he said.
Benedict was charged for an incident at Laser 1040 on Grand Avenue in February 2012.
Benedict worked at the business owned by his mother and was reportedly upset that he was asked to take a drug test.
Prosecutors said he went into the business at night and put an unknown amount of meth into the coffee. Toxicology tests later showed that one employee and three customers drank the coffee made the next morning. One person reported feeling “funny and unusually jittery.”
Benedict pleaded no contest to the charge in May. The conditional admission is treated the same as a guilty plea at sentencing.
Fagg also ordered Benedict to pay $292 in restitution.