By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man agreed to a sentencing cap of 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Friday after pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful participation in methamphetamine production.
Charles W. Barger, 38, was facing a charge of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, a Class X felony that could have netted him a longer sentence. Instead, Barger pleaded guilty to a Class 1 felony charge. Judge William Mays accepted the plea and sentencing agreement worked out by First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha and Chief Public Defender Holly Henze.
Barger was arrested on Sept. 28 after a shake-and-bake meth lab was found in his apartment at 807 Broadway. Members of the West Central Illinois Task Force found numerous items used in the meth-making process in Barger's apartment.
Barger admitted to authorities that he used meth and would rather take the punishment than tell of anyone else's participation. The West Central Illinois Task Force made another arrest at the same apartment on Nov. 19. Farha pointed out that Barger had nothing to do with that case. Barger has been lodged in the Adams County Jail since his arrest.
This will be Barger's third trip to prison. He was out on parole on a 2009 meth case at the time of his arrest.
Upon completion of this prison sentence, Barger will be subject to two years of mandatory supervised release. He was given credit for 64 days served in the Adams County Jail.