News Release
February 26, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Bethalto, Illinois Woman Sentenced for Methadone Overdose Death

FEB 26 - (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 26, 2010, AMANDA OVERSTREET, age 26, of Bethalto, Illinois, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death.  OVERSTREET had previously pled guilty on October 28, 2009 to selling methadone to Jared R. Hawkins on November 28, 2004.  Hawkin’s body was discovered at his residence in Alton, Illinois, on December 1, 2004.  Hawkins died from ingesting the methadone which OVERSTREET had sold to him.  Hawkins was 23 years old when he died.

In addition to 10 years in prison, OVERSTREET was ordered to serve a supervised release term of 3 years after release from prison, to pay $5,421.00 in restitution to the victim’s family, and to pay a special assessment of $100.00.

The investigation which resulted in OVERSTREET’s conviction was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Alton Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.