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March 22, 2011

Joshua C. Painter, 35, of Newton, Ill.-, who pled guilty to illegal distribution of Methadone - a Schedule II controlled substance, was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison on March 21, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Following release from imprisonment, Painter will serve a 3 year term of supervised release. Painter was also fined $500, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Painter had been in custody since December 3, 2010 for failure to comply with the conditions of his pre-trial release.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as part of the ongoing Project Dr. Feelgood investigations in the Southern District of Illinois. Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Quinley was assigned to the prosecution.



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