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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Central District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 11, 2023
Gregory K. Harris
, United States Attorney

Springfield, Illinois, Man Sentenced to 60 Months and One Day for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possessing a Firearm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Springfield, Illinois, man, Matthew Morlee, 46, was sentenced on September 5, 2023, by Senior U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough to 60 months and one day in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine and for possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug crime.

Morlee was indicted in September 2018 and pleaded guilty in May 2023. After his initial release on bond, Morlee’s bond was subsequently revoked, and he was detained in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

The statutory penalties for manufacturing a substance containing methamphetamine are up to 20 years’ imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and up to a life term of supervised release. The penalties for possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug crime are up to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.

This case was indicted as part of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force which included members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office; Illinois State Police; Springfield Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Chatham Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir represented the government in the prosecution.

The case against Morlee is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


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