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Springfield, Illinois, Man Sentenced to 96 months in Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Springfield, Illinois, man, Christopher Rudolph, 35, was sentenced on May 8, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Colleen R. Lawless to 96 months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine.  

The statutory penalties for distributing 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) are not less than 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, not more than a $5,000,000 fine, and not less than four years of supervised release.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office, and Illinois State Police investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir represented the government in the prosecution.

The case against Rudolph 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.

Updated May 11, 2023

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