Marion Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Offenses

BENTON – A Marion man was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for methamphetamine offenses.

U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce says 51-year-old Ricky E. Shull will spend 168 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was also fined $400.

Shull had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute meth and distribution of meth.

Boyce says the offense happened between September of last year and Jan. 19 of this year in Williamson County.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Shull was involved with other persons in the distribution of ice in southern Illinois. Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80 percent.

On Jan. 19 of this year, Shull sold ice to a confidential source working for law enforcement. At sentencing, the district court found that Shull was responsible for the distribution of just over 436 grams of ice. Shull received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a career offender.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Williamson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.