By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy woman pleaded guilty Thursday to letting her residence be used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Kayla N. Demoss, 23, entered a guilty plea to a charge of unlawful use of a property, a Class 2 felony. In exchange for her guilty plea, Demoss will receive probation when she is sentenced by Judge William Mays on April 9. Without the plea agreement, Demoss was eligible for between three and seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Demoss was arrested on Oct. 3, one of five people taken into custody as a result of a search warrant executed Sept. 24 for a residence in the 1100 block of N. 10th. Justin K. Richie, 29, Darren R. Richie, 27, Cody A. Brown, 22, and Alex M. Stinnett, 29, all were arrested on charges of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, a Class X felony, on Sept. 24. Demoss also was facing an aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production charge. The charge was aggravated because a child lived in the residence.
According to Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones, law enforcement officials were serving an arrest warrant on an individual at the residence when they found all of the items needed to manufacture methamphetamine. The West Central Illinois Task Force announced the arrests of all five defendants as the result of grand jury indictments.
Two defendants in the case already have been sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Darren Richie and Cody Brown pleaded guilty to unlawful participation in meth production on Nov. 30. Richie was sentenced to six years in the DOC, while Brown received a five-year sentence. During their sentencing hearings, First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said that members of the West Central Illinois Task Force found people inside the house trying to bury items in the basement. Farha said the officers found three "one-pot" shake and bake meth labs.
Stinnett and Justin Richie each have pleaded not guilty to their charges. Stinnett's case has been put on the March jury docket. Richie is scheduled to have a status hearing on his case Feb. 19.
Demoss has been free since she posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond on Oct. 5. This is the first time she has been charged with a felony. Other than traffic violations, Demoss has no previous criminal history.