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Jackson County Resident Sentenced For Methamphetamine Offense

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

On February 23, 2016, Michael F. Halliday, 34, of Elkville, was sentenced on a methamphetamine offense, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.

Halliday, who had previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, 3 years’ supervised release, and fined $300.00. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Halliday was involved with others in manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Halliday cooked methamphetamine with others. Halliday obtained pseudoephedrine and collected pseudoephedrine from others for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. At sentencing, the judge found that Halliday was responsible for the possession of 167.92 grams of pseudoephedrine. The offense occurred between 2013 and June 2015, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. One co-defendant has previously been sentenced for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Five co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Four co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting an April 18, 2016, jury trial. As to those co-defendants, remember that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Percy Police Department, Steeleville Police Department, Mascoutah Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, DuQuoin Police Department, Pinckneyville Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph and Perry County State’s Attorney’s Offices also assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated February 23, 2016

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