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

Friday, June 28, 2013

Shawneetown Man Pleads Guilty To Methamphetamine And Ammunition Offenses

On June 26, 2013, Michael A. Lovell, 37, of Shawneetown, IL, plead guilty in United States District Court in Benton to a three-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine-making materials, and being a felon in possession of ammunition, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced.

The methamphetamine offenses occurred between August 2010 and August 7, 2012, in Saline and Johnson Counties. The ammunition offense occurred on May 16, 2011, in Saline County. Lovell is currently being held without bond pending an October 17, 2013, sentencing hearing. At that time, he faces a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, followed by 3 years supervised release, and a fine of $1,000,000.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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

Updated February 19, 2015