On August 22, Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Mills sentenced Clay Lewis, 38, of Beardstown, to 151 months (12 years, 7 months) in prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, to be followed by eight years of supervised release. At the time of the offense, September 2012, Lewis was on probation for a prior state felony drug charge.
Lewis pled guilty on April 23, to a single count of conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. In court documents and court hearings, Lewis admitted that on Sept. 14, 2012, when Illinois probation officers administered a drug test at his home, in the 200 block of Clay Street, there was an active meth lab in his garage along with various remnants of prior meth manufacturing activity as well as items commonly used to manufacture meth. Lewis admitted that he had frequently manufactured methamphetamine in his garage for a year, and that he used and sold the meth he cooked.
Lewis was arrested on Sept. 14, 2012 and has remained detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
On Sept. 19, Lewis’s co-defendant, Kyle Hogan, 30, also of the 200 block of Clay Street, Beardstown, Ill., is scheduled to be sentenced. On May 31 Hogan entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Hogan has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on Sept. 14, 2012.
The investigation was conducted by The Illinois State Police, the Beardstown Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Probation Division investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan D. Freres, in cooperation with the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office under Matt Mays, prosecuted the case.