Illinois man pleads guilty to federal methamphetamine charge

PEORIA - An Illinois man who pleaded guilty to federal methamphetamine charges could face 20 years to life in prison when he's sentenced.

Steven Cramer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth.  Authorities say Cramer, Lloyd Bell, Jeremy Epperson, and a fourth person manufactured more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Knox County between 2009 and 2013.

Authorities also say Cramer admitted to a U.S. district judge that he cooked or helped cook meth multiple times, but denied selling it for profit.  Cramer also said he helped buy meth-manufacturing materials, and that the four individuals made meth in several locations, including cornfields and houses.

Bell received a prison sentence of nine years and seven months while Epperson was sentenced to 10 years.  Cramer could receive a sentence of 20 years to life due to a previous felony drug conviction.  A fourth defendant's case is still pending.
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