Louis Lawson, 32, was sentenced to 160 months in prison. Lawson previously pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine base, according to A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
In addition to the prison sentence, Lawson was sentenced to 10 years' supervised release and a $100 special assessment. No fine was ordered because the court found that any prison earnings should be applied toward the support of Lawson's 11 children.
In a 2006 search of Lawson's home, which he shared with his mother and brothers, police found 62.4 grams of cocaine base in the form commonly known as crack.
Court documents showed that Lawson had been selling crack for the previous year and a half.