By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man who police said allowed methamphetamine to be produced in his home pleaded guilty to an amended charge on Thursday.
Frank J. Mullet, 51, entered a guilty plea to a charge of unlawful use of property, a Class 2 felony. He faces between three and seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He is also eligible to receive parole.
If the Adams County Probation Department recommends probation for Mullet, the State's Attorney's office would also recommend probation when Mullet is sentenced by Judge Scott Walden on March 22. Mullet was originally charged with a Class X felony charge of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing.
Mullet was one of five people arrested during a raid on a house in the 2000 block of Hampshire on Dec. 19.
During a preliminary hearing last month, Matt Mueller, an Adams County Sheriff's Department deputy who is working with the West Central Illinois Task Force, testified that officers found a Pyrex dish under the bed with a white substance believed to be meth in a bedroom shared by Mullet and Danielle Wolkitt.
Officers also found lithium batteries in the closet in Mullet and Wolkitt's bedroom, and a camera case in a closet that had what was believed to be meth, Mueller testified.
According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, Mullet told officers that he used meth and knew that it was being manufactured in the home. Mullet told officers that he would accept finished meth in exchange for rent payments for others living in the house. Farha said that Mullet did not cook any meth.
Farha said Wolkitt bought pills for the meth manufacturing and Sheldon Broome was the primary maker of meth, while William J. Mullet and Rita R. Black also assisted in the production.
Black, 25, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to a lesser charge of 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 prison. Sentencing in her case is set for March 20.
William Mullet, 21, Wolkitt, 40, and Broome, 32, have their cases slated for the March jury docket.
Frank Mullet is free after posting $1,000 toward a $10,000 bond on Jan. 2. He told Walden that he has been getting treatment through Recovery Resources.