Woman gets two years of probation on cannabis charge

Ahkeliah D. Wilds (Submitted Photo)
Posted: Dec. 12, 2012 8:47 pm Updated: Dec. 26, 2012 9:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A suburban Chicago woman received two years probation Wednesday morning on a drug charge.

Ahkeliah D. Wilds, 24, of Justice, faced a sentencing cap of 2 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections as the result of a plea agreement on a Class 4 felony charge of possession of cannabis between 30 and 500 grams. First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha and Public Defender Todd Nelson recommended probation, and Judge William Mays concurred.

Wilds spent 120 days in the jail after her arrest on June 28. She split that time between the Adams County Jail and the DOC. Wilds had a DOC warrant out on her at the time of her arrest.

"Hopefully, by the length of time she stayed in the Adams County Jail and the DOC, it show her that what she did was a serious crime," Farha said.

Wild told Mays that she intended to get her life back on track if given probation. She said she planned to enroll in college and now had the help of her family to keep her out of trouble.

"My mom has her claws on me now," Wilds told Mays before he delivered his sentence. "She wants me to do the right thing. If you give me the chance, I'm going to do the right things now."

Mays gave Wilds 24 months probation and a 180-day sentence to the Adams County Jail. She received credit for 120 days served and the rest of the sentence was stayed.

Wilds was the last one of four people to be sentenced in a case that resulted from June traffic stop at Fifth and Spruce. An Adams County Sheriff's deputy searched the vehicle and a warrant was obtained to search a residence in the 1100 block of North Sixth. Deputies found additional evidence and seized it related to the suspected distribution of cannabis.

Quentin Adams, 34, of Quincy was sentenced Sept. 5 to 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to a Class 3 felony charge of possession of a weapon by a felon. Cryeatha Moore, 21, of Quincy received one year in prison on Nov. 6 after pleading guilty to a Class 4 felony charge of the manufacture/delivery of cannabis between 10 and 30 grams. Penny Shaffer, 30, of Quincy was sentenced to 24 months non-judgement first offender probation after pleading guilty to a Class 4 felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. Shaffer was also ordered to do 30 days of periodic imprisonment and 30 hours of public service.