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MARION — A 51-year-old Marion man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for the offense of distributing methamphetamine.

Ricky E. Shull was sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine offenses, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced in a press release on Wednesday.  Shull received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a career offender.

Shull — who had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine — was sentenced to 168 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Shull was also fined $400.

The indictment alleged that the offenses occurred between September 2016 and January 19, 2017, in Williamson County, according to a news release. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Shull was involved with other persons in the distribution in Southern Illinois of ice — methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80 percent.

On January 19, 2017, Shull sold ice to a confidential source working for law enforcement, according to the news release.

At sentencing, the district court found that Shull was responsible for distributing 436.45 grams of ice. 

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Williamson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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