News Release
January 19, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Fairview Heights, Illinois Man Sentenced in Overdose Death

JAN 19-- A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Joseph PERRONE , age 45, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on Friday, January 15, 2010, for Distribution of Cocaine Resulting in Death. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,800 and a special assessment of $100. PERRONE was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his release from incarceration.

PERRONE pled guilty to that charge on September 25, 2009. PERRONE admitted at his change-of-plea hearing that he had injected (Ms.) Terry Learn with cocaine at his residence in Fairview Heights on April 17, 2009, and that she collapsed and died immediately thereafter. PERRONE also admitted moving Learn’s body to her apartment in Belleville after she died in order to make it seem that she had been alone in her own home when she died.

The investigation which led to PERRONE’s conviction and sentence was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and by the Fairview Heights Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.