A man described by federal prosecutors as a “career offender” was sentenced Wednesday to 12 1/2 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine.
U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release Thursday that Sammy R. Holliday, 43, who has no recent fixed address, committed the federal offenses one month after his release from an Illinois state prison, where he served five years for manufacture of methamphetamine. Because of his extensive criminal record, Holliday was classified as a “career offender” under applicable federal sentencing guidelines.
Holliday pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine, on Feb. 3. At his change of plea hearing, Holliday admitted he and another man sold methamphetamine to a DEA informant in Granite City on three occasions in September and October 2014. Holliday has been confined in federal custody since Nov. 5, 2014.
The investigation resulting in Holliday’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Granite City Police Department, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.