By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine manufacturing charge Wednesday in exchange for a sentencing cap.
Tadarryl D. Washington, 29, entered a guilty plea to a charge of unlawful participation in meth manufacturing, a Class 1 felony that carries a sentence of between four and 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Washington was facing a Class X charge of aggravated unlawful meth manufacturing from a Sept. 4 incident in the 600 block of North Sixth in Quincy. In exchange for his guilty plea, Washington agreed to a sentencing cap of 14 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:15 a.m. March 20.
Washington was one of three people arrested as the result of an investigation by the West Central Illinois Task Force. Also arrested were Jermaine G. Harper, 33, and Kristin M. Washington, 26. According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, Tadarryl Washington was found in an upstairs bedroom at the residence and was in the middle of producing meth through the shake and bake "one-pot" method. Fahra said numerous items associated with the meth manufacturing process were found in the bedroom.
Washington was one of several people who went to places in Missouri and Quincy to buy pseudeophedrine pills on a regular basis.
"He was all over the pill logs," Farha said of Washington.
According to Farha, Washington has four previous felony drug convictions, all of them either Class 3 or Class 4 felonies. Washington is eligible for probation. Should he get sent to prison, he'll have to serve a term of two years of mandatory supervised release upon the completion of his sentence. Washington has been lodged in the Adams County Jail since his arrest. His bond is set at $150,000.
Of the other two defendants in the case, one had charges dropped and the other has pleaded not guilty. Harper had his case dismissed as part of a plea agreement in another meth case. He will be sentenced Feb. 7 on a Jan. 3, 2011, meth manufacturing charge. Harper was indicted in November by an Adams County grand jury. He pleaded guilty to a Class 1 felony charge of unlawful participation in meth manufacturing.
Kristin Washington has entered a not guilty plea to her charge. Her trial is on the February docket. She has been free on bond since Oct. 10. Originally set at $150,000, her bond was reduced to $10,000 on Oct. 5, and she posted $1,000 on Oct. 10.