News Release
March 10, 2006

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Murphysboro Man Sentenced in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

MAR 10 -- EAST ST. LOUIS, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 7, 2008, Michael C. SNEARLY, a/k/a “Michael Snearley,” “Michel Snearley,” age 40, and James A. SCHOTT, age 40, both of Murphysboro, Illinois, were sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. SNEARLY and SCHOTT had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. SNEARLY was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, 8 years supervised release, and was fined $600. SCHOTT was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment, 4 years supervised release, and was fined $600.

The investigation established that from at least October 2005 through May 14, 2007, SNEARLY, SCHOTT and others were manufacturing methamphetamine in Jackson, Williamson, and Perry Counties. One co-defendant has previously been sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Four co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Three co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting a May 12, 2008, jury trial.

The investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, United States Marshals Service and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Jackson County Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses in the system that will get them the most time.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.