Quincy woman to receive probation as part of plea in meth case

Ashlee A. Reed
Posted: Feb. 7, 2013 10:33 pm Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy women pleaded guilty Thursday to a methamphetamine charge in exchange for a sentence of probation.

Ashlee A. Reed, 24, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors, a Class 2 felony that is punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Reed had two  counts of aggravated meth manufacturing dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The original charges were considered aggravated because the meth production was being done in an apartment complex and there was a disabled person living at the residence.
Reed will be sentenced March 28 by Judge Scott Walden.

According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, members of the Adams County Sheriff's Department served a warrant Sept. 19 on a residence in the 2200 block of North 12th. The officers were trying to apprehend Joseph W. Baker, who was wanted on two outstanding Adams County warrants for failure to appear on a charge of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and aggravated participation in methamphetamine production.

During the investigation, evidence of suspected methamphetamine use and suspected methamphetamine manufacturing was found. Baker was arrested on the warrants as well as a new charge of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

Reed was arrested on a traffic warrant as well as aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. Other than traffic violations, Reed has no previous criminal history.

According to Farha, Reed bought pseudoephedrine five times and she admitted to officers that she used meth and had bought the pills to make meth.

Baker pleaded guilty on Oct. 12 to a charge of unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class 1 felony, and was sentenced to seven years in prison as part of this case. He was sentenced to three years in the DOC in a 2011 case on the same day, giving him 10 years total.