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‘Meth’ Conspirators Sentenced

December 11, 2012

On December 6 and 7, 2012, two southern Illinois residents were sentenced in U.S. District Court on a one-count indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Shana L. Ewing, 39, of Marion, was sentenced to 151 months in prison, 8 years of supervised release, and fined $200. Richard S. Spurgeon, a/k/a “Shane Spurgeon,” 38, of Murphysboro, was sentenced to 100 months in prison, 4 years of supervised release, and fined $400. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Ewing and Spurgeon were involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The conspiracy offense occurred between 2008, and January 30, 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Franklin Counties. Two co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Two co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Murphysboro Police Department, Marion Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Carrier Mills Police Department, Harrisburg Police Department, and United States Marshals Service.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.













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