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Three sentenced in federal court for drugs, guns

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Three Southeast Missouri residents were sentenced to prison Monday in federal court on separate felony firearm and drug cases.

Eric W. Northern, 28, of Morehouse was sentenced to 180 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm during his appearance in U.S. District Court.

Having five previous felony convictions for burglary, Northern is prohibited from possessing firearms.

In August 2005, a Scott County resident discovered that three Mossberg 12 gauge shotguns had been stolen from a shed at his residence. In early September 2005, Northern was found to be in possession of the three firearms. Northern gave two of the shotguns to a man in settlement of a debt and sold the third shotgun to another man. All three shotguns were recovered during the investigation.

Jerome Ussery, 40, of Sikeston was sentenced to 78 months on one felony count of possession of five grams or more of cocaine base with intent to distribute.

On June 28, 2007, a state search warrant was executed at Ussery's home on North Handy Street in Sikeston. After entering during the execution of the warrant, law enforcement officers found Ussery in the southwest bedroom.

During a search of the laundry room of the residence, officers discovered 36 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine) concealed in a soda can with a removable screw-off bottom. The officers also discovered a set of digital scales and a loaded .32 caliber handgun on the floor in the bedroom.

Linda Kay Gillean, also known as Linda Kay Neal, 55, of Morehouse was sentenced to 63 months in prison on one felony count of possession of pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Previously with her plea, Gillean admitted that on May 8, 2006, at her home in Morehouse, she had provided 128 boxes of pseudoephedrine pills to an individual for the purpose of making methamphetamine.

Gillean was previously convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals in 2002 in Montgomery County, Miss.

Upon release from prison, Gillean will be placed on supervised release for a period of two years.