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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 2, 2015

Two Williamson County Residents Charged With Drug Offenses

On January 6, 2015, a Benton grand jury returned drug indictments against Corinthus Bevely, a/k/a “Rent,” 45, of Marion, and Krystle N. Statler, 24, of Johnston City, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Bevely is charged in a one-count indictment alleging conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. The offense occurred between March 2014 and December 2014, in Williamson County. Bevely’s offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years in federal prison, to be followed by 4 years’ supervised release, and a fine of up to $2,000,000. Bevely made his initial appearance in federal court on January 9, 2015, and was ordered held without bond pending a March 9, 2015, jury trial.

Statler is charged in a two-count indictment alleging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. The offenses occurred between 2012 and November 2014, in Williamson, Jackson, and Franklin Counties. Statler’s offenses carry a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Statler made her initial appearance in federal court on January 30, 2015. She is being held without bond pending a February 3, 2015, detention hearing.

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 ongoing investigations are being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. The Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigations.

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

Updated February 19, 2015