EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois mother and son were ordered to spend decades in federal prison for their roles in a heroin-trafficking scheme linked to two overdose deaths.
Sixty-six-year-old Deborah Perkins was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison while her son, 47-year-old Douglas Oliver, got a 30-year term.
Both lived together in Fairview Heights and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, possessing heroin with intent to distribute it and maintaining a drug house.
Authorities say Perkins and Oliver bought heroin in Chicago and peddled it from their home.
Oliver admitted supplying heroin to 30-year-old Jessica Williams and 20-year-old Jennifer Herling before their overdose deaths last year. Williams’ body later was found on a trash pile in Washington Park.
Perkins and Oliver both apologized during the sentence hearing.