BENTON — An East Alton man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, attempted distribution of methamphetamine and obstruction of justice.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said George W. Holliday Sr., 46, is scheduled to be sentenced in Benton on March 1. Holliday faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment on each of the three federal charges, as well as a fine of not more than $1 million and a term of not less than three years of supervised release upon release from prison.
At his change of plea hearing, Holliday admitted he and co-defendant James E. Bailey Jr. had attempted to deliver methamphetamine to a woman in Pocahontas on Nov. 22, 2014. Holliday also admitted that when Glen Carbon police officers attempted to stop the car he was driving, Holliday instructed Bailey to hide a handgun beneath the seat cushions in the car’s back seat.
Bailey pleaded guilty to methamphetamine and firearms offenses in federal court on Oct. 2. He will be sentenced in Benton on Jan. 5.
The investigation which resulted in the conviction of Holliday and Bailey was conducted by the Glen Carbon Police Department.