Dupo Man Charged in Heroin Overdose Death
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Jacob D. Nelson, 31, of Dupo, Illinois, has been charged with Distribution of Heroin Resulting in Death. According to the indictment, Nelson distributed heroin on July 8, 2011, to Jeremy Moskodauz. The indictment alleges that Moskodauz, who was 36, died of a heroin overdose on the night of July 8th in Columbia, Illinois.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Nelson faces a possible maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Nelson is also charged with Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises at his residence in Dupo between July, 2010, and July, 2011. If convicted on that charge, Nelson faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment. In addition, Nelson is charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a User of Controlled Substances. Each of the firearm counts carries a maximum possible penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
Nelson was arrested on this indictment and is being held in custody pending a hearing set February 10, 2012, concerning his release. A trial date has not yet been set.
The investigation which resulted in Nelson’s indictment was conducted by the Columbia, Illinois Police Department and by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for prosecution.