An Alton man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release.
Miles L. Musgraves, aka Lou, 41, was previously convicted by a federal jury for maintaining drug-involved premises near a school, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of cocaine near a school. He received a 240-month sentence on the drug convictions and a 120-month sentence on the firearm and ammunition offenses. Following release from imprisonment, Musgraves will serve a six-year term of supervised release. Musgraves was also ordered to pay a $500 special assessment and he forfeited his interest in the firearm and ammunition.
Evidence at trial showed after Musgraves was caught by police selling cocaine and in possession of ammunition, he agreed to work as a confidential informant. Instead of providing assistance, however, Musgraves planted cocaine and a gun in another man’s car and called police in an attempt to frame the other man. Police recovered the cocaine and the gun, and the other man was initially charged with felony offenses punishable by six to 30 years in prison. After Alton police discovered what Musgraves had done, the charges against the other man were dropped and Musgraves was charged with the offenses in federal court.
This case was investigated by the Alton Police Department with assistance from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce.