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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