A Chester man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday on methamphetamine charges, according to Donald Boyce, U.S. State's Attorney for the Southern District.

Jason Stoker, 35, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The offense occurred between June 2016 and Oct. 31, 2016 in Randolph County.

The methamphetamine offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years to life in prison. The sentencing hearing on this case is set for May 11.

Stoker is also charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 28, 2016 death of Chester officer James Brockmeyer.  It is alleged that Stoker led Brockmeyer on a high speed chase that led to Brockmeyer’s death when he crashed his police cruiser.

Stoker is scheduled to be in Randolph County Circuit Court on Monday for a case management conference for the murder charge. Court documents also say he is charged with two counts of aggravated feeling, a Class 4 felony, and reckless homicide, a Class 2 felony.

A trial date has not been set in Randolph County.

— The Southern

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Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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