Seven Perry County Residents Charged With Methamphetamine Conspiracy
Seven Perry County residents were indicted on October 7, 2014, in an indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Brant A. Sizemore, 38, Stephanie A. Ellis, 36, Clint D. Williams, 31, Clinton Waters, 37, and Donald K. Brown, a/k/a “D.J.,” 31, all of DuQuoin, Joseph E. Soldan, Sr., 44, of Tamaroa, and Jamey A. Carson, 35, of Pinckneyville, are charged in an indictment with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between 2012 and September 2014, in Perry, Jackson, Randolph, Williamson, and Franklin Counties. Waters and Carson made their initial appearances in federal court in Benton on October 20, 2014. At their October 22, 2014, detention hearings, they were both ordered held without bond pending a December 15, 2014, jury trial. Sizemore, Ellis, and Brown have previously appeared and are being held without bond. Waters and Soldan are set to make their initial appearances in federal court on October 28, 2014.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The methamphetamine offense carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Murphysboro Police Department, and DuQuoin Police Department. The Pinckneyville Police Department and Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team assisted in the investigation.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.