EAST ST. LOUIS — An Alton man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for selling the heroin that killed Alton resident Joshua Shelton in September 2013.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Glenn P. Lowers, 25, will be required to serve a supervised release term of three years.
“The sentence imposed today is another example of the anti-heroin initiative which I started when I took office," Wigginton said. "Our anti-heroin initiative is active and ongoing, and it will continue. We are trying to send a message to drug dealers out there that they risk a severe prison sentence every time they sell heroin, especially to a young person in the Southern District of Illinois.”
Shelton was 21 when he died of a heroin overdose in Alton on Sept. 4, 2013.
Lowers admitted selling Shelton one-tenth of a gram of heroin for $10 shortly before Shelton’s
grandfather discovered his grandson’s body.
The Alton Police Department conducted the investigation leading to Lowers’ arrest and conviction.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.