EAST STREET. LOUIS, Illinois – Ian N. Merideth, 38, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today in a
court to 20 years in prison for possession of a stolen firearm and being a criminal in possession of a
Firearm. Merideth was fined $500 and ordered to pay $200 in special assessment fees.
After his release, he will spend three years on probation.
According to court documents, Merideth was convicted following a series of criminal acts which
which occurred on July 9, 2021. Merideth admitted that on July 9, 2021, he robbed a
in Hoffman, Illinois, carrying seven guns, including a Weihrauch .357 revolver. later than
on the same day, Officer Wamac Muechenheim arrested Merideth and attempted to arrest him for a
arrest warrant pending. Merideth, a convicted felon, recovered the stolen Weihrauch
.357 revolver and fired four shots at Officer Muechenheim.
The attempted murder charges against Merideth are still pending in Clinton County Circuit Court.
This matter was investigated by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Wamac Police Department, the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Springfield field office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Hudson.