Salem man gets more than 13 years in prison on federal meth charges

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 38-year-old Salem man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea to meth-related charges.

Walter James Henson was sentenced Monday to 151 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment.

Henson had pleaded guilty in March 2014 to both charges against him in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014.

The offenses relate to the manufacture of methamphetamine and both occurred in Marion County, Illinois, on March 5, 2014, at a time when Henson was a parole absconder from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Specifically, Henson was sentenced for Possession of Equipment, Chemicals, Products and Materials with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 1), and Possession of a Listed Chemical (Pseudoephedrine) Knowing It Would Be Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 2). Information leading to the charges against Henson was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team.