News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2007
DEA Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Shattuc Man Enters Guilty Plea As Trial Is Set To Begin

NOV 8 -- East St. Louis, IL - Randy G. Massey, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 6, 2007, EARL R. LIPPERT, of Shattuc, Illinois, entered a plea of guilty to a four count indictment charging him with one count of Conspiracy to Manufacture 500 grams or more of Methamphetamine, one count of Distributing Methamphetamine to a Minor, and two counts of Manufacture of Methamphetamine. The violations took place between January 1, 2003 and August, 2006 in Clinton County, Illinois. The pleas to the four counts were entered just as his trial was scheduled to begin in United States District Court in East St. Louis.

EARL R. LIPPERT faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years to a maximum of life imprisonment, a four million dollar fine, and five years supervised release on the conspiracy count. Distributing Methamphetamine to a Minor carries a penalty of from one to forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and at least six years post release supervision. Each count of Manufacturing carries a potential sentence of up to twenty years imprisonment, a one million dollar fine, and a post release supervision term of at least three years.

Five co-defendants have previously entered pleas of guilty in this case.

The investigation leading to the prosecution of this case was conducted by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Hudson and Don Boyce.