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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Randolph County Woman Sentenced On Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On August 22, 2013, Gerilynn Bennett, 41, of Sparta, IL, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Bennett, who had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, was sentenced to 71 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $200. Evidence at the plea hearings established that Bennett was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Bennett obtained over 57 grams of pseudoephedrine, which was used during the manufacture of methamphetamine. The offense occurred between January 2011, and January 2013, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Seven co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Five co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Percy Police Department, Murphysboro Police Department, Sparta Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.

Updated February 19, 2015