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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Salem Man Sentenced For Role In Methamphetamine Case

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Walter James Henson, 38, of Salem, Illinois, was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment. Sentencing followed Henson’s guilty plea in March 2014 to both charges against him in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014. The offenses relate to the manufacture of methamphetamine and both occurred in Marion County, Illinois, on March 5, 2014, at a time when Henson was a parole absconder from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Specifically, Henson was sentenced for Possession of Equipment, Chemicals, Products and Materials with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 1), and Possession of a Listed Chemical (Pseudoephedrine) Knowing It Would Be Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 2).

Information leading to the charges against Henson was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.

Updated June 30, 2015