News Release
February 03, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Marion Illinois Resident Sentenced for Distribution of Controlled Substance Which Resulted in a Death

FEB 03 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 2, 2009, Jennifer Lynn KRIEGER , age 39, of 1106 C, West Hendrickson, Marion, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court at Benton, Illinois, for Distribution of Fentanyl, a controlled substance, which resulted in the death Jennifer Curry, 19, of West Frankfort, Illinois. KRIEGER was previously indicted on the distribution of a controlled substance charge under a statute which provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment. However, because the distribution resulted in Curry’s death, the statute also required a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years imprisonment. The violation took place on November 23, 2005, in Williamson County, Illinois. KRIEGER , who was ordered to voluntarily surrender at the prison designated by the Bureau of Prisons, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, ordered to pay a $100 fine and to serve 3 years of supervised release following her imprisonment.

KRIEGER plead guilty to distribution of fentanyl on November 18, 2008, and a two day sentencing hearing was held to determine if the distribution caused the death of Curry. The evidence established that on November 23, 2005, Jennifer Curry, of West Frankfurt, Illinois, was found dead on the couch in her father's residence in West Frankfort, Illinois. Curry's lifeless body was discovered by her mother at approximately 4:30 p.m. Curry's father called 911 and West Frankfort police officers arrived at the scene a short time later. Curry was pronounced dead at the scene by then Franklin County Coroner Steven Leek.

West Frankfort police officers conducted a search of the residence and located Jennifer Ann Curry's purse lying on the night stand in her bedroom which was adjacent to the living room where her body was found. Inside Curry's purse, officers found a Duragesic patch in the bottom of the purse which appeared to have been chewed.

On December 1, 2005, a confidential source came forward and told police officers investigating this case that KRIEGER was selling Duragesic patches for $50.00 each. KRIEGER was selling the pouches from her residence in West Frankfort, Illinois. According to the evidence, KRIEGER had a prescription for the patches which she would fill at a Pharmacy in Herrin, Illinois, and then sell. When she was arrested, KRIEGER admitted to providing Jennifer Curry with a fentanyl patch on November 23, 2005, as alleged in the indictment. Evidence at the sentencing hearing established that Curry died of a drug overdose of fentanyl, a prescription pain reliever marketed as a “Duragesic” gel patch.

This case was investigated jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration, The Federal Bureau

of Investigation and the West Frankfort Police Department. The COMIT drug task force also contributed to the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas Leggans and Michael C. Carr handled the prosecution