Drug dealer gets 12-year prison sentence

News-DemocratSeptember 17, 2013 

— An East St. Louis man on Tuesday received a 12-year prison sentence for drug charges.

Ronald Lewis, 40, was convicted in July of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony. He was arrested in 2011 outside Humdinger's bar in Maryville while attempting to sell heroin. The Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois later found more heroin at the apartment he shared with Nancy Zawec, 39, who also was charged with the same felony.

Zawec pleaded guilty to the charges against her and testified for the prosecution in Lewis' jury trial. She is awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors had filed an intent to seek a Class X enhanced sentence of six to 30 years in prison, as it is his third felony conviction. Lewis received two continuances from his original sentencing date.

On Tuesday, Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli sentenced Lewis to 12 years in prison. The prosecution had requested a sentence of 17 years, according to state's attorney spokeswoman Stephanee Smith.

Lewis has been in custody since his arrest in November 2011.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service