Douglas Oliver started out in college with a baseball scholarship, but he ended up working in the family business -- the illegal drug business. Now he and his mother Deborah Perkins are headed to prison.
The mothers of two of their customers wanted Perkins and Oliver sent away for life, and who can blame them? Their daughters died of drug overdoses in Oliver's bed six months apart. He and his mother dumped one of the bodies in a trash pile in Washington Park.
Well, 27 years for Perkins, who is 65 years old, and 30 years for Oliver, who is 47, could turn out to be life sentences. And there's some comfort in knowing that Oliver provided prosecutors with information about public corruption.
Maybe that cooperation helped lead to the arrest and guilty plea of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook, who while serving as a judge regularly bought heroin from one of Oliver's dealers. Or could there be other public corruption charges coming as a result of Oliver's cooperation?