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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Alton Man Sentenced For Selling Heroin

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Glenn P. Lowers, 25, of Alton, Illinois, was sentenced on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 to 144 months in federal prison for selling the heroin which killed Alton resident Joshua Shelton.

U.S. Attorney Wigginton commented, "The sentence imposed today is another example of the anti-heroin initiative which I started when I took office. Our anti-heroin initiative is active and ongoing, and it will continue. We are trying to send a message to drug dealers out there that they risk a severe prison sentence every time they sell heroin, especially to a young person in the Southern District of Illinois."

Upon release from prison, Lowers will also be required to serve a supervised release term of three years.

Shelton was 21 years old when he died of a heroin overdose in Alton on September 4, 2013.

Lowers admitted selling Shelton 1/10 gram of heroin for $10 shortly before Shelton’s grandfather discovered his grandson’s body.

The investigation which resulted in Lowers’ arrest and conviction was conducted by the Alton, Illinois Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.

Updated March 5, 2015