Federal jury finds Quincy woman guilty of meth, firearm charges

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Kelsey Hickman | Photo courtesy of Adams County Jail

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A federal jury returned guilty verdicts on Thursday, Feb. 23 against Kelsey Hickman, 31, of Quincy, Ill. for distributing more than five grams of methamphetamine, possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. She was acquitted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Sentencing for Hickman has not yet been scheduled.

During two days of testimony in front of Senior U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough, the government presented evidence establishing that Hickman:

  • Sold 7.98 grams of methamphetamine in February 2021;
  • Possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; and
  • Illegally possessed a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony in March 2021.

Following the trial, Hickman was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

At sentencing, Hickman will face between five and 40 years’ imprisonment for the distribution of methamphetamine, up to 20 years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for illegally possessing the firearm. She also faces up to a lifetime term of supervised release and up to a $5 million fine. 

The case investigation was conducted by the Quincy Police Department and the Illinois State Police, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matt Weir and Nate Bertrand represented the government at trial.

The case against Hickman is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

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