John Hudspeth, State’s Attorney for Clinton County, announced that Chad E. Hilbert, age 31, of Carlyle, has been sentenced to 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in Clinton County Circuit Court for various drug related crimes, including the unlawful delivery and possession of heroin. Hilbert had asked the court to place him on probation but that request was denied at a contested sentencing hearing conducted in Clinton County Circuit Court on June 28th.
Hudspeth stated that “The delivery of Heroin, Fentanyl and other such drugs is a dangerous practice permeating our society. It is a scourge on our people and criminals who engage in this practice in Clinton County will be dealt with, accordingly. Mr. Hilbert had no prior felony convictions but his conduct of selling Heroin warrants the prison sentence which he received. Heroin dealers should not expect to be placed on probation when they are caught.”
According to State’s Attorney Hudspeth, Hilbert pleaded guilty on May 10th to three counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Hilbert was indicted by a Clinton County Grand Jury on August 3, 2016, for unlawfully delivering Heroin and Fentanyl to a confidential informant on multiple occasions. Additional charges were filed on August 4th when Hilbert was arrested and found in possession of heroin and a hypodermic syringe. The court also ordered Hilbert to pay $2,104.00 in fees, drug assessments and court costs.
Hilbert’s co-defendant, Ashton Nettles, was previously sentenced to prison for her participation in these activities. State’s Attorney Hudspeth thanks the Carlyle Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work in this joint investigation. He added that “The cooperation of these agencies is a great example of how our Clinton County law enforcement agencies help one another. Congratulations to them both on a job well done!”