CAREER OFFENDER "JAZZY JEFF" TO SPEND MORE THAN FIFTEEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
A Murphysboro, IL, man was sentenced on July 25, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton, IL, on a two-count Indictment charging him with Distribution of Crack Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Jeffrey L. Smith, a/k/a “Jazz,” and “Jazzy Jeff,” 42, was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment, 6 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400. Smith, who had previously pled guilty to the two-count indictment, admitted that he sold crack cocaine to a confidential source on two occasions on July 22, 2010. The offenses occurred in Jackson County. Smith received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a Career Offender.
“Repeat offenders are harshly dealt with in federal courts. While this sentence may seem severe to some, it should serve to deter those who offend again and again, thinking they will not be punished.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. In addition, the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted during the investigation.
The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.