News Release
April 14, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Illinois Woman Sentenced On Crack Cocaine Offenses

APR 14 -- (Benton, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on April 11, 2008, GLADYS SHANEA WILSON, a/k/a “Nikki,” age 26, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. WILSON, who had previously pled guilty to four counts of distribution of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 200 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and was fined $800.

The distribution offenses occurred in January 2005 in Jefferson County. At sentencing, the district court found that WILSON was responsible for more than 4.5 kilograms of crack cocaine that was distributed in Jackson and Jefferson Counties. One co-defendant has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is awaiting a May 5, 2008, jury trial. The codefendantawaiting trial is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation conducted in this case was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to those agencies’ participation in the 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 assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.