A Taylorville man will face sentencing for a guilty verdict of possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of actual methamphetamine. A Federal Jury returned a guilty verdict on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 against 37 year old Donald R. Felton of the 900 block of West Poplar Street in Taylorville. Sentencing for Felton is set for October 5th, 2022 at the Federal Courthouse in Springfield.
The government presented evidence over a span of two days. According to authorities, in May of 2019, law enforcement started an investigation into Felton for traveling to the St. Louis area to obtain meth for redistribution in the Taylorville area. On June 8th, officers saw Felton drive his SUV to a rest area near Hamel, just north of St. Louis where he met with an unknown man, and then returned to Taylorville. Once he returned, officers executed a traffic stop and searched his SUV. Officers seized 398 grams of meth, which equated to nearly one pound. They also recovered a digital scale and more than $800 in cash.
Felton is still in the custody of US Marshals. At sentencing, Felton will face statutory penalties of a minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison, up to a $20 million fine, and a minimum of ten years and up to a life term of supervised release.
The case investigation was conducted by the Illinois State Police Central Illinois Enforcement Group, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorville Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy A. Bass and Sierra Senor-Moore represented the government at trial.