Stoker takes plea in fed case, waives right to jury for state case

Jason Stoker’s federal and state court cases are getting closer to resolution, with both having important hearings in the past week.

At a Jan. 26 hearing, Stoker pled guilty to federal charges.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald S. Boyce noted that Stoker had pled guilty to a one count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Stoker had been charged with the federal indictment on June 6, 2017, and it was noted that the offense occurred between June 2016 and Oct. 31, 2016 in Randolph County.

A sentencing hearing has been set for Friday, May 11. The offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years to life imprisonment, to be followed by at least five years of supervised release, and a $10,000,000 fine.

For more on Stoker, please see this week’s print edition.