Meth Dealer, Turned Fugitive Gets 30 Years
A conviction involving a meth dealer, turned fugitive, has led to a 30 year prison sentence.
Donald Lee Weidenburner, 54, from Louisville, was previously convicted for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine. At the time, he received a sentence of 10 years of supervised release along with a $500 fine.
The offenses took place between Aug 2000 and Nov 2002 throughout multiple counties. Evidence in the case revealed that Weidenburner had been working with others to manufacture and sell over 7 kilograms of methamphetamine throughout Illinois and Indiana. However, Weidenburner turned fugitive in 2002 after fleeing the area in or to avoid prosecution. It wasn’t until late November, 2010 that Weidenburner turned up.
He was located and arrested by the Western Kentucky Fugitive Task Force. Additional charges were stacked on his original sentence due to his fleeing as well as possessing a firearm.
Weidenburner was also found to be playing a leadership role in the drug ring involving 16 other people, all of whom have been convicted and sentenced.
After being on the run for 7 years, Weidenburner was given away after his picture was featured on the NBC show “Chase.” Weidenburner could have received a sentence ranging from 30 years to life in prison. On top of the 30 years, the judge ordered an additional 10 years of probation upon release.
Motions for a new trial were denied. Multiple agencies throughout several states, along with United States Marshals and Secret Service, worked together to find and bring down Weidenburner’s drug conspiracy.
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Original article southernillinois.14news.com
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