By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty Wednesday to a methamphetamine charge.
Robert W. Eyler, 43, was eligible for an extended sentence of between two and 10 years on the Class 3 felony charge of unlawful possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine. By accepting the plea agreement, Eyler avoided a longer jail term.
Adams County First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said a woman told a member of the Quincy Police Department that a man was following her after she left a downtown Quincy nightclub Oct. 13. Police confronted Eyler in the 800 block of Maine, and he fled. After a short foot chase, police caught him. Farha said Eyler was found with a broken pen tube on him that contained a white-powdered substance. Testing at Illinois State Police Crime Lab confirmed that the substance was methamphetamine.
Eyler was on parole from the Missouri Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest. He received a four-year sentence in Missouri as the result of a 2011 drug charge in Lewis County. He was also out on conditional discharge after an April arrest in Adams County. He received 24 months of conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a felony charge of unlawful violation of an order of protection in that case. As part of his plea agreement, Eyler was unsuccessfully discharged from parole in that case.
Eyler has a long criminal record that dates back to 1987 in Adams County. He has faced 11 felony charges in that time.
He was given credit for 54 days served and was ordered to pay $912 in fees. Eyler had been lodged in the Adams County Jail since his arrest in lieu of $25,000 bond.