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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Two Richland County Residents Indicted On Methamphetamine Related Charges

Jesse L. Benefield, 27, of Claremont, IL, and Sherry K. Auteberry, 49, of Olney, Illinois, were indicted on February 3, 2015, on methamphetamine related charges in a two count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Count 1 charges that from May 2014, until on or about January 26, 2015, in Richland County, and elsewhere within the Southern District of Illinois, Benefield and Auteberry conspired with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury to manufacture methamphetamine.

Count 2 charges that from November 2, 2008, to on or about January 23, 2015, in Richland County, Auteberry possessed pseudoephedrine pills, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the pills would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

With respect to Count 1, Benefield and Auteberry each face up to 20 years in prison, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release of at least 3 years.

With respect to Count 2, Auteberry faces up to 20 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and supervised release of up to 3 years.

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 investigation in this case was conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.

Updated February 19, 2015