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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Randolph County Woman Sentenced for Methamphetamine Offense

Kayla S. Kempfer, 31, of Red Bud, Illinois, has been sentenced to 135 months in federal prison on a 
methamphetamine violation. Kempfer previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging 
conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. As part of her sentence, she was 
also ordered to serve four years of supervised release and pay $200 in fines.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Kempfer was involved with 
co-defendants Scott A. Carnell, Jordan D. Vuichard, Jarrett C. Hood, and others in the distribution 
of methamphetamine in Southern Illinois. At sentencing, the district judge found that Kempfer was 
responsible for the distribution of 1.4 kilograms of ice. Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity 
level of at least 80%.

The offense occurred between 2017 and August 2018, in Jackson, Randolph, and St. Clair counties. 
Co-defendants Carnell, Vuichard, and Hood were previously sentenced to prison terms of 192 months, 
219 months, and 108 months, respectively, for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson County 
Sheriff’s Office, the Sparta Police Department, the New Athens Police Department, the Marissa 
Police Department, the St. Louis County Police Department, the Brentwood (Missouri) Police 
Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI. The Randolph County
State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 12, 2019