Murphysboro Man Sentenced to Prison for "Meth" Offense
A Murphysboro, IL, man was sentenced today in federal district court in Benton on an Indictment charging Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced.
Christopher R. Davenport, 27, of Murphysboro, was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment, 10 years’ supervised release, and was fined $300. The offense occurred between 2009, and April 6, 2011, in Jackson, Union, Randolph, and Williamson Counties. Evidence offered at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Davenport was involved with others in the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine. On multiple occasions, Davenport stole anhydrous ammonia, which Davenport and others used to manufacture methamphetamine. The district court determined that Davenport was responsible for the manufacture of more than 1.4 kilograms of methamphetamine. Davenport received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a Career Offender. Fifteen co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Three co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting a January 9, 2012, jury trial. Note that those awaiting trial are presumed to be innocent of the charges and that the government has the burden of coming forth with sufficient evidence to prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office and United States Marshals Service also assisted during the investigation.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.