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

Friday, August 16, 2013

Two Southern Illinois Men Sentenced On Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On August 15, 2013, David A. Shockley, 36, of Murphysboro, IL, and Steven A. Zweigart, a/k/a “Swag,” 36, of Steeleville, IL, were sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Shockley and Zweigart had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, which occurred between January 2011, and January 2013, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Shockley was sentenced to 180 months in prison, followed by 5 years supervised release, and fined $600. Zweigart was sentenced to 168 months in prison, followed by 4 years supervised release, and fined $600. Evidence at the plea hearings established that Shockley and Zweigart were involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Shockley and Zweigart obtained pseudoephedrine for use during the manufacture of methamphetamine and also were involved in the methamphetamine cooks. At sentencing, both Shockley and Zweigart received enhanced sentences based on their classification as Career Offenders. Five co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Five co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Percy Police Department, Murphysboro Police Department, Sparta Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.

Updated February 19, 2015