Dealer in St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal sentenced to prison

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:39 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for his role in a drug-trafficking ring prosecutors say also involved a judge who later resigned after being accused of heroin possession.

Sean McGilvery pleaded guilty in October to felony heroin conspiracy and possession charges in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That’s where he was sentenced Thursday.

Federal prosecutors say former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook was one of McGilvery’s regular customers while he was on the bench.

Cook was arrested last year as part of an investigation that also focused on the cocaine-related death of a prosecutor-turned-judge at the Cook family’s hunting cabin.

Cook has pleaded guilty to federal heroin and weapons possession counts. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26.

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