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Harrisburg Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Crack Cocaine And Carrying A Loaded Firearm During A Drug Trafficking Crime

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

Remus Octavris Henning, 34, of Harrisburg, Illinois, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton to charges that he possessed crack cocaine with intent to distribute it and that he carried a loaded .45 caliber firearm during and in relation to that crime, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The offenses occurred on July 20, 2012, in Harrisburg.

Sentencing was set for July 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Benton. At that time, Henning faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1 million fine, and 3 years to life on supervised release following his incarceration on the crack cocaine charge and a consecutive 5 years to life, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release on the firearm charge.

Henning has been held in the custody of the United States Marshal since his arrest on federal charges in November 2012. Following the hearing, he was returned to the custody of the Marshal to await sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the Harrisburg Police Department, with the assistance of the Saline County Sheriff’s Department through its participation in the task force.

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

Updated February 19, 2015