Six locals are handed charges, sentences in federal court

Six locals are handed charges, sentences in federal court

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The following sentences and charges were announced Monday by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton:

  • Maurice L. Robinson, 33, Jamie Kay Kelly, 45, and Harold Lawayne Barron, 50, all of Murphysboro, were arraigned Thursday in federal court in Benton.

On Oct. 23, Robinson, Kelly and Barron were charged by indictment with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Kelly and Barron were also charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

All three were ordered held without bond pending a Dec. 30 jury trial.

The crack cocaine offense occurred between May and September in Jackson County. The meth offense occurred between August 2012 and October 2013 in Jackson and Perry counties. Both offenses carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million.

  • Sherman L. Allen, Jr., 29, of Marion, was arraigned Thursday in federal court in Benton.

Allen was charged by indictment on Oct. 23 with possession of a firearm by a felon. At Thursday’s court hearing, Allen was ordered held without bond pending a Dec. 30 jury trial.

The offense occurred July 29 in Marion. The firearm offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

  • Michael A. Burns, 45, of Carbondale was arraigned Oct. 28 in federal court in Benton.

Burns was charged by indictment on Oct. 23 with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

At the Oct. 28 court hearing, Burns was ordered held without bond pending a Dec. 30 jury trial.

According to the indictment, the offense occurred between August 2012 and Aug. 23, 2013, in Carbondale. The heroin offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million.

  • Tyrone A. Jones, 24, of Cape Girardeau was sentenced Friday in federal court to 30 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of manufacturing and passing counterfeit U.S. currency.

At his plea July 25, Jones admitted that on Feb. 10 and March 10, he passed more than $600 in counterfeit currency at a business in Alexander County. He also admitted that he had manufactured other counterfeit currency that was recovered by the U.S. Secret Service.

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