• Mt. Vernon man sentenced on fed charges, local charges dismissed

    by  • March 26, 2014 • News

    Local charges were dismissed Tuesday against a Jefferson County man who was sentenced last week to federal prison on methamphetamine related charges. PRISON SENTENCE

    According to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the southern district of Illinois says 42-year old Alvin Gene chelf, of Bonnie, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in federal prison, to be followed by six years of supervised release and fined $400.

    The court sentenced Chelf as a career offender due to his previous criminal history. Chelf pleaded guilty to two counts in a federal indictment that charged on two separate occasions, once on February 14, 2013 and again on February 19, 2013, he knowingly and intentionally distributed meth.

    The investigation in the case was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Separtment and resulted in multiple charges against Chelf in Jefferson County court. However, the federal charges superseded the state charges, and he was instead tried and convicted in federal court, resulting in the local charges being dismissed.