By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy woman who was arrested on methamphetamine charges last year at two different Quincy hotels pleaded guilty in two separate cases on Wednesday.
Heather M. Hasting, 24, agreed to a sentencing cap of eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and had all other charges dropped in exchange for her guilty pleas.
Hasting was one of two people arrested March 3 at the Days Inn, 200 Maine, as part of a raid conducted by the West Central Illinois Task Force. She was charged with five counts in that case and pleaded guilty to a possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony. She posted $1,500 of a $15,000 bond on April 9.
Just 15 days later, Hasting was arrested again by West Central Illinois Task Force officers. She was one of three people arrested at the Bel Aire Hotel, 2314 N. 12th. She was charged with aggravated meth manufacturing, a Class X felony, and two other methamphetamine possession charges. She pleaded guilty to a possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a Class 2 felony.
According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, Hasting admitted to buying pills that led to the manufacturing arrest in April. Farha said that Hasting admitted to smoking meth before the March arrest. Items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were found at both locations.
Hasting will be sentenced by Judge William Mays on April 10. She has been free on bond since posting $6,000 of a $60,000 bond on Aug. 27.
Henry D. Blackwell Sr., 53, of Quincy was sentenced in October to 18 months of TASC probation and 60 days in the Adams County Jail for his role in the March raid at the Days Inn.
Corey D. Blackwell, 34, of Hannibal, Mo., who was arrested in the Bel Aire raid and was wanted in connection with the Days Inn raid, was sentenced in July to 10 years in the DOC after he pleaded guilty to a Class 1 methamphetamine manufacturing charge.
Roxanne J. Hasting, 32, of Quincy, was sentenced in December to 24 months of TASC probation after she pleaded guilty to a possession of meth precursors charge, a Class 2 felony, for her role in the Bel Aire raid.