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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of Illinois

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Repeat Federal Defendant to Serve 20 Years in Prison for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A former Manito, Ill., man, Jonathan Edward Rakestraw, 36, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. On Feb. 28, 2020, Chief U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow sentenced Rakestraw to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in Schuyler County, Ill., in September 2018. Rakestraw was found to have approximately 118 grams of ice methamphetamine in his possession. On Oct. 2, 2019, Rakestraw pleaded guilty.  

In addition, Judge Darrow revoked Rakestraw’s supervised release in his prior federal case and sentenced him to five years in prison to be served consecutive to the 15-year term. Rakestraw was previously prosecuted and sentenced to 78 months in prison in the Central District of Illinois for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine in Tazewell County.

The case was investigated by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office; Illinois State Police; and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyssa A. Raya represented the government in the case prosecution.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 5, 2020