THREE PEOPLE FROM SCOTLAND & CLARK COUNTIES SENTENCED ON FEDERAL METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGES

THREE PEOPLE FROM SCOTLAND & CLARK COUNTIES SENTENCED ON FEDERAL
METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGES

St. Louis, MO:
The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that three people were 
sentenced on methamphetamine conspiracy charges.

Michelle Brand, 28, Memphis, MO, was
sentenced to 48 months in prison on one felony count of conspiracy to
manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine and one felony count of
possession of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine;

Christopher Johnston, 31, Wyaconda,
MO, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on one felony count of conspiracy to
manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine; and

Shane Krise, 25, Wyaconda, MO, was
sentenced to was sentenced to 60 months in prison on one felony count of
conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine. Each
defendant appeared before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson.   

Two co-defendants have pleaded guilty
and await sentencing:

Christopher Armstrong, 24, Memphis,
MO, pleaded guilty last December to one felony count of conspiracy to
manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine, and one count of
possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and
is scheduled for sentencing March 18, 2010.

Kenneth Thompson, 36, Kirksville, MO,
also pleaded guilty in December to one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture
in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine.  His sentencing date has not been
scheduled.

The offenses occurred beginning in
late 2008 through February 2009, in Scotland County and Van Buren County,
Iowa.

Conspiracy to manufacture in excess of
50 grams of methamphetamine carries a penalty range of five to 40 years in
prison and/or fines up to $2,000,000; possession of a firearm during and in
relation to a drug trafficking crime carries a minimum penalty of ten years to
life in prison and/or fines up to $250,000; and possession of pseudoephedrine
for the manufacture of methamphetamine carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in
prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

This case was investigated by the
Scotland and Clark County Sheriff’s Departments, the Scotland County Prosecuting
Attorney, the Van Buren County, Iowa Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa Department
of Public Safety – Division of Criminal Investigation, Missouri State Highway
Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the
Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael A.
Bert, and Ray Meyer are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.