Mt. Vernon man gets 17 years in federal prison on meth charges

BENTON — A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced yesterday to federal prison on methamphetamine related charges, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Robert Tate (Source: MVPD)
Robert Tate
(Source: MVPD)

Robert A. Tate of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to 17 and a half years in federal prison, three years’ supervised release following his imprisonment, and fined $200.

Tate was convicted following a two day jury trial on both counts in a federal indictment. Count 1 charged that from February 2013, until on or about June 2014, in Jefferson County, Tate knowingly conspired to manufacture methamphetamine.

Count 2 charged that on March 31, 2014, in Jefferson County, he knowingly and intentionally distributed methamphetamine.

“If you are wondering about this very lengthy and well-deserved sentence, I would simply say that meth is a killer and destroyer of lives, and those who sell it do so knowing that they are killing people in our communities. If you think about making or selling meth, please think about spending a good part of your life behind federal bars.” noted United States Attorney Wigginton.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.