Bhy DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man pleaded guilty Tuesday to allowing his residence be used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Justin K. Richie, 29, entered a straight plea to a charge of unlawful use of a property, a Class 2 felony. In exchange for his guilty plea, Richie had a charge of aggravated unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing dismissed. Richie could receive up to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections when he is sentenced by Judge William Mays on May 2.
Richie was serving probation on a 2010 battery charge at the time of his arrest.
Richie was one of five people arrested in connection with a search warrant executed on a residence in the 1100 block of North 10th. Richie, 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. Kayla N. Demoss, 23, was arrested on Oct. 3.
According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, agents with the West Central Illinois Task Force went to the residence to find Stinnett.
"When they arrived at the residence, they were overwhelmed by chemical odor they believed to be from meth," Farha said.
Farha said agents found a number of items used to manufacture meth. Farha said agents also found "one-pot" shake-and-bake meth labs inside the residence. Farha said that Justin Richie admitted that he let his brother, Darren, and Stinnett use the residence to manufacture meth.
Two defendants in the case already have been sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Darren Richie and Brown pleaded guilty to unlawful participation in meth production on Nov. 30. Richie was sentenced to six years, Brown five.
Demoss pleaded guilty to unlawful use of property last month in exchange for a sentence of probation. She will be sentenced on April 9. Stinnett has pleaded not guilty and his case has been put on the March jury docket.
Justin Richie has been free since posting $500 bond on Oct. 17.