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Equality Woman Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Methamphetamine Manufacturing Related Offense

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

Jeanette L. Margenthaler, 42, of Equality, Illinois, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to 7 years in prison for unlawfully possessing pseudoephedrine with the intent that it be used to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Margenthaler pled guilty to an indictment charging her with that offense on May 16, 2013. The indictment alleged that the offense occurred in Saline County on January 8th.

In addition to the 7 year term of imprisonment, Margenthaler was ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $300 and was placed on a 3 year term of supervised release to follow her incarceration. Under federal law, parole has been abolished meaning that Margenthaler will be required to serve at least 85% of her sentence.

Margenthaler, who has been held without bond since her arrest February 8th, was again remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await designation to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility.

The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

Updated February 19, 2015