Normal, Illinois, Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Purchasing Firearm Used to Shoot and Kill Champaign Police Officer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Springfield, Illinois man, Jason Craig, 46, of the 2000 block of Normandy Road, has been sentenced to 60 months and one day for possession with intent to distribute a substance containing cocaine base (crack), possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Craig was indicted in November of 2019 and pleaded guilty in June of 2022.
The statutory penalties for possession with intent to distribute are not more than 20 years in prison, not more than a $1,000,000 fine, and not less than 3 years of supervised release. The statutory penalties for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime are not less than five years and up to life in prison, not more than a $250,000 fine, and not more than 5 years of supervised release.
The Springfield Police Department, Illinois State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Z. Weir represented the government in the prosecution.
The case against Craig is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.