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Richland County Man Indicted on Methamphetamine Related Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2012

Mark W. Keller, 51, of Olney, Illinois, was indicted on methamphetamine related charges returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Keller was indicted on two charges. Count 1 charges that from February 2011 to February 8, 2012, in Richland County and elsewhere, Keller conspired to knowingly and intentionally manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Count 2 charges that on February 8, 2012, in Richland County, Keller did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

With respect to Count 1, Keller faces 5-40 imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000 fine, and at least 8 years supervised release to follow his incarceration. With respect to Count 2, Keller faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and no less than 3 years supervised release to follow his incarceration.

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

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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