By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A 49-year-old Quincy man was sentenced to 51 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections Monday after pleading guilty to two felony counts of methamphetamine possession and driving under the influence of drugs.
By entering the plea, one felony count of altering a vehicle registration and misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer against William Patrick Minor, 1300 State, were dropped.
Minor was stopped by Quincy police Oct. 25 at 28th and Broadway for an expired registration. During the stop, police said, Minor had no valid driver's license and his vehicle registration had been altered. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found during a subsequent search, according to police.
While out on bond, Minor was spotted on North Fourth Street in a 2000 Case backhoe on Nov. 25. After officers stopped him, he was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, no valid driver's licenses, failure to signal and failure to have a slow moving emblem. When taken into custody officers found Minor to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Officers also found items used to manufacture methamphetamine in the backhoe.
Judge Scott Walden sentenced him to 24 months in prison for one count of possession of methamphetamine and 27 months for the other.
"It's pretty scary driving a backhoe with meth in your system," Walden said.
Because Minor was arrested while out on bond, Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said he is required to serve the sentences consecutively.
Walden encouraged Minor to avoid his acquaintances when he is released from prison.
"I've never seen anyone beat a drug problem when they hang around the same people," he said.
Farha said Minor previously was convicted of possession of methamphetamine in 2006 and also was convicted of two past felonies.
Minor also received 180 days in the Adams County Jail for the DUI charge, though he will serve that time concurrently with his prison sentence. He will get day-for-day credit for time served, meaning he could be released in just over two years. He will then have one year of mandatory supervised release.
Editor's note: This story has been updated since its original posting to correct an error.