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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Williamson County Resident Sentenced For Methamphetamine Offense

On March 17, 2015, Shannon L. Connett, 37, of Marion, IL, was sentenced for a methamphetamine violation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Connett, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, with credit for 10 months served on a related-state case. Connett was also placed on 3 years’ supervised release and fined $400.00. The offense occurred between 2012 and March 2014, in Union, Williamson, and Jackson Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Connett was involved with co-defendant Jonathan E. Merydith and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. At sentencing, the district court determined that Connett was responsible for the possession of more than 132 grams of pseudoephedrine. Three co-defendants were previously sentenced for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, Carbondale Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team and Drug Enforcement Administration. The 19

th Judicial District Drug Task Force (Tennessee) assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated March 18, 2015