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Equality Woman Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Offense

May 16, 2013

Jeanette L. Margenthaler, 41, of Equality, Illinois, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton to an indictment charging her with one count of unlawfully possessing pseudoephedrine with the intent that it be used to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on February 5, 2013, alleged that the offense occurred in Saline County on January 8th.

Sentencing was set for September 6th at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Benton. At that time, Margenthaler faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release to follow her incarceration.

Margenthaler, who has been held without bond since her arrest on the federal charge on February 8th, 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 with the assistance of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.
















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