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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Randolph County Man Sentenced to 16 Years on Methamphetamine Offense


On May 3, 2018, Joseph S. Hatley, 39, of Tilden, Illinois, was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Hatley’s federal sentence was ordered to run consecutively to any previously imposed state sentence.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Hatley was involved with other persons in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in Southern Illinois. Co-defendants Dyllan Wayland and Colty Peak were previously sentenced to 100 months’ imprisonment and 140 months’ imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in the conspiracy. The one-count superseding indictment to which Hatley previously pled guilty charged that the conspiracy occurred between November 2013 and August 2015, in Perry, Randolph, Monroe, Jackson and St. Clair Counties.

At sentencing, the district judge found Hatley responsible for the distribution of 1.76 kilograms of methamphetamine and 283.5 grams of ice. Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. Hatley was also found responsible for the unlawful possession of 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine. His sentence was enhanced based on his reckless endangerment of others during an August 18, 2015 police pursuit in Monroe County.

This case is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Percy Police Department, Steeleville Police Department, Sparta Police Department, and Illinois Department of Corrections. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 3, 2018