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A Galesburg father and son, Gilbert Dean Bicknell, 53, and MichaelGilbert Dean Bicknell, 28, were sentenced to federal prison on July 7, 2022, for possession withintent to distribute methamphetamine.
Michael Bicknell was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment and his father, Gilbert Bicknell,was sentenced to 156 months’ imprisonment, both to be followed by a five-year term ofsupervised release.
At the sentencing hearing in front of Chief U.S. District Judge Sara L. Darrow, the governmentpresented evidence that demonstrated that Michael Bicknell and Gilbert Bicknell were workingtogether in early 2020 to procure kilograms of methamphetamine for distribution in theGalesburg, Illinois, area.
Also at the hearing, Chief Judge Darrow commented on the devastating impact thatmethamphetamine has had on communities within the Central District of Illinois.
Michael Bicknell entered a plea of guilty to the offense on February 2, 2022. Gilbert Bicknellentered a plea of guilty to the offense on August 10, 2021. The statutory penalties for possessionwith intent to distribute methamphetamine are 10 years to life imprisonment and a maximumlifetime term of supervised release.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Office; Galesburg, Illinois, Police Department;and Knox County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. AttorneyJennifer Mathew represented the government in the prosecution.
***Courtesy of the United States Attorney’s Office Central District of Illinois***