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Shelbyville Woman Receives 2 1/2 Years In Prison For Meth

A Shelbyville woman has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for two counts of possession of meth under 5 grams.  61-year-old Judith Bray of Shelbyville was sentenced on June 10th, to 2 ½ years. The felonies are Class 3 and carry a sentencing range of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.


On December 8th, 2020, Officer Joe Houk of the Shelbyville Police Department was dispatched to Ace Hardware in Shelbyville for a reported theft.  Officer Houk initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that the suspect was driving and observed Judith Bray, a passenger, attempting to conceal an item in her purse. Officers observed a hypodermic syringe with meth residue in her purse and Bray handed Officer Houk a foil pack containing meth that was in her bra. 


Officer Houk would arrest Bray a second time on January 3rd, 2022 after she was located at the Towers at 414 Morgan Street with an active warrant.  After confirming she was aware of the arrest warrant, Bray asked to take her purse inside her home.  Police declined and according to police, Bray cursed at the Officers. The purse was searched and a clear glass bubble pipe with meth residue was located.


Bray has two prior DUI convictions, one prior reckless driving conviction, and one prior 2017 felony conviction for the offense of aggravated battery to a police officer for which Bray was sentenced to probation.  It is Bray’s first prison sentence. 

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