News Release
August 13, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Illinois Man Sentenced for Role in Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

AUG 13 -- Benton, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 31, 2008, Larry D. WILLIAMS, age 55, of Carbondale, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. WILLIAMS who had previously pled guilty to a two-count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and unlawful distribution of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and was fined $400.

The offense occurred between February 2003 and April 27, 2006, in Jackson and Jefferson Counties, Illinois. Four co-defendants have previously been sentenced to terms of 262 months imprisonment, 234 months’ imprisonment, 215 months imprisonment, and 204 months imprisonment, respectively, for their role in the crack cocaine conspiracy. Additionally, three co-defendants have previously received prison terms of 120 months. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is awaiting a September 22, 2008, jury trial.

The investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation and is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution