Addict sent to prison after father-in-law dies from taking methadone to help him pass drug tests

A Kansas man learned his fate after his conviction in connection with the 2017 death of his father-in-law.

According to Fox News, 35-year-old Justin Jones appeared in court on Friday where he was sentenced to four years behind bars.

The victim, identified as 47-year-old Eric Everts, was reportedly enlisted to help his son-in-law evade detection in a drug test.

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Everts died after ingesting methadone, the addiction-fighting medicine Jones was supposed to be taking in compliance with a treatment program.

Investigators determined the former agreed to supply urine for the latter so officials would see the methadone — and nothing else — in his samples.

Reports indicate Everts was found dead at his home in Baldwin City in September 2017.

Jones pleaded guilty earlier this year to distributing methadone in addition to the involuntary manslaughter count for which he was convicted.

In an affidavit submitted in connection with the case, Baldwin City police stated that Everts had been giving the suspect samples to claim as his own urine for about four months preceding his death.

Among the evidence against Jones were text messages he sent his father-in-law.

You’re the only person I know,” he wrote. “You have no idea how hard it is to find someone who hasn’t done anything. Lol.”

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[Featured image: Justin Jones, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office]