Former Illinois judge dies, was imprisoned for drug charge

A former southern Illinois judge and one-time prosecutor who spent time in federal prison for trying to sneak heroin to an imprisoned ex-client has died at the age of 72.

Blue Funeral Home in Marion says Robert A. Drew died Saturday night at a Marion hospital.

Drew was sentenced in August 2011 to 16 months in federal prison after he admitted in court that he tried to smuggle drug-filled condoms in 2010 to inmate Benjamin Kramer. Kramer was serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, in a drug conspiracy case.

Drew had been Kramer’s lawyer.

Drew apologized at his sentencing hearing for bringing “shame and disgrace on my family.” Federal records show he was released from custody in November 2012.

Related Articles

20-year-old woman killed in Saline County crash A 20-year-old woman was killed in Saline County when her car crossed into the path of a straight truck, according to Illinois State Police. 
Senate Democrats derail bill to avert shutdown Senate Democrats appear to have derailed a Republican bill aimed at preventing a federal shutdown set to begin as soon as the calendar flips to Saturd...
Former state trooper announces bid for Carlisle County sheriff Clint Davis is asking for your vote to serve as sheriff in Carlisle County.
Deadly explosion was 2nd major accident for tow boat An explosion aboard the William E. Strait, a dry docked tow boat, Friday morning killed three and injured six.