By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
One of five people arrested in a drug raid on a Quincy house in December pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine charge on Wednesday.
Rita R. Black, 25, of Quincy entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge after being arrested Dec. 19 during a raid on a house in the 2000 block of Hampshire on Quincy's north side. Originally charged with a Class X felony of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, Black pleaded guilty to methamphetamine manufacturing of less than 15 grams, a Class 1 felony. As part of the plea agreement, Black could be sentenced to no more than seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge Scott Walden. Sentencing is set for March 20.
According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, Black lived in an upstairs bedroom at the residence with her boyfriend, William J. Mullet, 21, and two small children. Members of the West Central Illinois Task Force found a number of items used in the methamphetamine making process, including at least one shake and bake meth bottle. Items in the room field tested positive for methamphetamine. Some items sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab also came back as testing positive for meth.
Farha said that Black's name came up on the National Precursor Log Exchange 63 times. She made 34 purchases and was blocked from buying pills containing pseudoephedrine 29 times.
Black, who has no previous criminal history in Adams County, is eligible for probation. She is also eligible for TASC probation, which means that if she successfully completes the probation she can have the felony wiped off her record. Black has been lodged in the Adams County Jail since her arrest in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
Another person arrested in the raid has a plea hearing set for Thursday. Frank Mullet, 51, has a hearing set for 8:30 a.m. He is free after posting $1,000 toward a $10,000 bond on Jan. 2. Three other people arrested in connection with the case -- William Mullet, Danielle D. Wolkitt, 40, and Sheldon L. Broome, 32, -- have their cases slated for the March jury docket.