Union County Man Charged with Methamphetamine Offense
Marshall W. Duty, 58, of Jonesboro, was indicted on October 4, 2016, in a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today.
The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between 2013 and October 3, 2016, in Union, Jackson and Williamson Counties. Duty made his initial appearance in federal court on October 5, 2016. His jury trial is scheduled for December 12, 2016, in Benton.
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 imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Williamson County States Attorney’s Office and Illinois National Guard also assisted in the investigation.