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Missouri Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison for Attempting to Possess Contraband in Prison

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


A Missouri man was sentenced to federal prison today for his role in overseeing an operation in which methamphetamine was smuggled into the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, Illinois, and distributed to inmates.

United States Attorney Donald S. Boyce announced the sentence for the Southern District of Illinois. Defendant James Leroy Gary, 43, was sentenced to 120 months in prison, three years of supervised release, a $500 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

Facts presented in court showed that in 2014 Gary was an inmate at FCI Greenville in Bond County, Illinois. While an inmate, Gary used contacts outside of prison including his co-defendant, Candace Weakley, to smuggle methamphetamine into FCI Greenville. Gary then oversaw the distribution of the methamphetamine to other inmates within the prison.

Last year, co-defendant, Candace Weakley, was sentenced to prison for 70 months for her role in the offense.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Prison Staff at FCI Greenville and by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated December 4, 2017

Drug Trafficking