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A Taylorville man has plead guilty to drug trafficking charges and will serve time in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 26 year old Kevin Purcell, who was facing several different felony charges plead guilty on Thursday in the Christian County Courthouse to count one in case 16CF219 of methamphetamine trafficking. The state accused Purcell of purchasing methamphetamine in Oklahoma, with the intent of selling it locally. The charge is a class x felony, and Purcell was sentenced to serve 18 years in the Illinois DOC. The charge also carries the stipulation that Purcell must serve at least 75% of his sentence.


All other charges that Purcell was facing will be dismissed. Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera informed the court that local law enforcement that was involved with the case have been notified to the terms of the plea agreement, and were agreeable to the terms.

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