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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 23, 2014

Randolph County Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On June 19, 2014, Samuel S. Jacobs, a/k/a “Simple Sam,” 40, of Steeleville, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Jacobs, who had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and fined $200. The offense occurred between 2010 and November 2012, in Jackson and Randolph Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Jacobs supplied pseudoephedrine to others for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. At sentencing, the district court found that Jacobs was responsible for unlawfully possessing more than 100 grams of pseudoephedrine. Co-defendants Patsy Pelate and Julie Keller were previously sentenced to prison terms of 84 months and 97 months, respectively, for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

Updated February 19, 2015