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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 19, 2014

Elkville Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On May 15, 2014, Charles E. Witherspoon, a/k/a “Spoon,” 62, of Elkville, Ill., was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Witherspoon, who had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $300. The offense occurred between March 2012 and March 2013 in Jackson and Perry Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Witherspoon was involved with co-defendant Charles Scott and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. On March 13, 2013, Scott received severe burns while manufacturing methamphetamine inside Witherspoon’s Elkville residence. Witherspoon’s sentence was enhanced based on the substantial risk of harm created by his criminal conduct. Scott was previously sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Pinckneyville Police Department, DuQuoin Police Department, and Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team.

The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015