Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced To 14 Years For Manufacturing Meth

MT. VERNON, IL– A 29-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on a reduced felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Brandon Carello was originally charged with Class X felony manufacture of between 300 and 900 grams of meth, and Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance. The Class X count was reduced Tuesday to Class 1 felony manufacture of less than 15 grams of meth and the Class 4 charge was dismissed. He was arrested in February following an anonymous call that led Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies to a house in the 1500 block of Old Centralia Road in rural Mt. Vernon, where once inside the house, deputies located heroin, hypodermic syringes, a meth lab, and many other meth making materials. The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team arrived on scene and collected all of the hazardous Meth material. Carello was arrested along with 29-year-old Kristin Wingler, both were residents of the Old Centralia Road home. Both Carello and Wingler were charged with manufacturing between 400 and 900 grams of meth, unlawful disposal of meth waste, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and possession of drug paraphernalia Wingler was sentenced last week to 24 months probation and 30 hours public service on the Class 4 charge, while the Class X charge was dismissed. Carello faced similar charges in Jefferson County in 2011, and was sentenced in one case to 4-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possession of meth precursors.