Miles City man charged in methadone death

2012-12-03T16:00:00Z 2012-12-26T19:24:41Z Miles City man charged in methadone deathGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Miles City man is facing federal charges in the drug death last year of a Miles City woman.

During an arraignment on Monday in U.S. District Court in Billings, Joseph Daniel Capehart, 27, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with methadone distribution and distribution of methadone resulting in death.

Capehart is accused of distributing methadone on Oct. 2, 2011, to Crystal Harrell, 29, who died from using the drug, the indictment said.

Methadone is an opiate used to treat pain and to manage withdrawal symptoms.

If convicted, Capehart faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years to life in prison and a possible $1 million fine. U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby ordered Capehart to remain in custody. The case will be heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull.

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  1. Inkk
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    Inkk - December 11, 2012 2:00 am
    Have you ever heard of innocent until proven guilty? Anyone that knows Joe knows that he is no drug dealer. He may get obnoxious and lack common sense sometimes but he is not a drug dealer or murderer. Sorry to say it but that woman made her own life decisions and unfortunately her mistakes lead to her death. Every person out there that pops pills knows that it is dangerous. She knew the risks and yet for whatever reason chose to use drugs. No one deserves to be charged for her death. It was her own accident caused by her own personal poor decisions. Her children are left without a mommy and her family left hurting. It is heartbreaking and I can understand there's pain and anger. Someone else should not be held accountable for her mistakes though. If they have sufficient proof that he supplied the drugs then charge him with it but even connecting her death to the charge is absurd. The justice system is failing us. How bout let's focus more on the real bad guys out there!
  2. annr
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    annr - December 10, 2012 7:54 pm
    Crystal was my niece. He is responsible for her death. She will never see her two children grow up. Yes she was an adult, but as long as there are drug dealers out there more and more children are going to grow up without parents. She is dead, let her rest is peace. And by the way he should be charged with murder! If he is not punished he is just going to keep selling drugs to people. He deserves to be in jail for a very long time so he can think about her children growing up without a mother.
  3. montanagirl1992
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    montanagirl1992 - December 05, 2012 5:45 pm
    Wow... sad i know this guy. and i think THEY both should be to blame. him for selling her the methadone. and her for being dumb and taking it... not trying to disrespect but come on now.... Death is a little harsh.... He should be punished. But not to that extent
  4. Dave Bovee
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    Dave Bovee - December 04, 2012 1:41 pm
    ghost; Without looking it up or going on line or even thinking about it, name 50 other people whose mistakes have caused someone to die. Do it now, ghost; start the list as soon as you read my comment. Include any commentor on this line, if you want. You crime fans/buddies have no business going online and telling honest, responsible, real humans that we have to show sympathy or tolerance for some guttersnipe that illegally gave somebody a means to poison themselves. I'm sure there are forums and blogs for your kind somewhere.
  5. mx03jaylene
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    mx03jaylene - December 04, 2012 1:12 pm
    He isnt being charged with murder.....
  6. anotherghost
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    anotherghost - December 04, 2012 8:43 am
    I've known this man all my life and he is a good person that made a mistake, he's young and EVERYONE makes mistakes at some point. Yes his may have been worse then some but keep in mind no one forced the victim to take anything, she did that on her own. She was a adult, knew the risks and knew what she was doing. Please keep that in mind before you are so fast to judge. I'm not saying what Joe did was not wrong but he is not the only one that everyone should be bad mouthing as she played her part too.
  7. klem
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    klem - December 04, 2012 7:28 am
    Good precedence. Everytime a drug dealer poisons someone to death charge them with murder. Priceless.

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