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Pittsburg man pleads guilty to federal charge

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By The Staff

On April 5, Jason Scott Byrley, 35, of Pittsburg pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Benton to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said that the conspiracy offense occurred between 2008 and Jan. 30, 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Franklin counties.
Byrley’s offense carries possible penalties of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and at least five years’ supervised release. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Marion Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Carrier Mills Police Department, Harrisburg Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.