Drug dealer gets 12-year prison sentence

News-DemocratSeptember 17, 2013 

AP

— 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.

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