By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man has entered a guilty plea to an amended charge in connection with a bust of a methamphetamine lab last January.
Todd A. Boyd, 47, agreed to a sentencing cap of 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea Thursday. Boyd pleaded guilty to a Class 1 felony charge of unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
He was originally charged with a Class X count of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. He will be sentenced by Judge William Mays at 3:30 p.m. March 14.
Adams County First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said Boyd was one of three people found inside a detached garage in a home in the 300 block of South 10th on Jan. 24. Law enforcement officials from the West Central Illinois Task Force, the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the Quincy Police Department seized a white, powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Farha said other methamphetamine-making materials, including Coleman fuel, 13 cans of starter fluid, lithium batteries, lye, cold packs and used psuedophedrine, were found inside the garage.
Boyd was one of five people arrested after the lab was discovered. Cases for the other four people arrested already have made their way through the court system:
º Andrew S. DeLonjay, 29, received a seven-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections in April when he pleaded guilty to a Class 3 methamphetamine possession charge.
º Michael K. Bradley, 47, received a six-year DOC sentence in October after he pleaded guilty to a Class 2 charge of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.
º Kevin L. Cookson, 44, was sentenced to 30 months of intensive probation and placed in the Drug Court program in August after pleading guilty to a Class 3 methamphetamine possession charge.
º Jill M. Favre, 31, was sentenced to 24 months of nonjudgment probation earlier this month on a Class 3 methamphetamine possession charge.
Boyd has five previous felony convictions in Adams County dating back to 1986, including two previous drug convictions.