Ridgeway Man Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Manufacturing Offenses
Daniel J. Fulkerson, 39, of Ridgeway, Illinois, pled guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Benton to an indictment charging him with one count of conspiring with two other individuals to grow more than 100 marijuana plants and one count of actually growing more than 100 marijuana plants, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on September 5, 2012, alleged that the offenses occurred in Gallatin County between April, 2012, and August 29, 2012.
Sentencing was set for April 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the United States District Courthouse in Benton. Fulkerson faces between 5 and 40 years imprisonment, up to a $5 million fine, and 4 years to life on supervised release to follow his incarceration on each count.
Fulkerson has been held without bond on these federal charges since September 11, 2012, and was again remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.