News Release
January 08, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Harrisburg Illinois Man Sentenced to 108 Months

JAN 08 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) – A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Sonny D. WILLIAMS , age 23, of Harrisburg, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, to a term of 108 months imprisonment for distributing cocaine on five occasions to a law enforcement agent, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and for possessing and selling a stolen firearm. WILLIAMS had previously pled guilty on September 15, 2008, to the seven count indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury.

The indictment alleges the offenses occurred between November 7, 2007, and January 30, 2008, in Hardin, Saline, and Williamson Counties. Evidence presented to support the guilty plea and sentence showed that WILLIAMS was responsible for the distribution of approximately 3.7 kilograms of cocaine during the time frame alleged in the indictment, including five separate audio-recorded distributions to a law enforcement agent. The evidence further showed that WILLIAMS sold a stolen .475 caliber Wildey semiautomatic handgun to a law enforcement agent which he had previously received in trade for drugs.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, WILLIAMS was ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $1,200.00 and was placed on a term of 3 years supervised release to follow his incarceration. Under federal law, parole has been abolished, meaning that WILLIAMS will be required to serve a minimum of 85% of the sentence imposed.

Investigation into the case was led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Illinois State Police, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department, the United States Attorney's Office, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James M. Cutchin.