A Taylorville man has been sentenced to 4 years in prison with three years of supervised release for possessing over 50 grams of methamphetamine. 54-year-old Daniel S. Ward of the 1300 block of South Cardinal Street was sentenced on February 10th, to 48 months’ imprisonment, with three years of supervised release for possession of meth with intent to deliver.
Ward was indicted in March of 2020 and pleaded guilty in June of 2021. The penalties for possession of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute are a minimum of 10 years imprisonment to a maximum of life imprisonment, a minimum five-year to a maximum life term of supervised release, and up to a $10,000,000 fine.
Ward was eligible for a lesser sentence due to a “safety-valve” provision in the law. A safety valve allows a judge to sentence a person below the mandatory minimum term if certain conditions are met. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Illinois State Police Central Illinois Enforcement Group, Taylorville Police Department, and Christian County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant US Attorney Timothy Bass represented the Government in the case.