By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Columbus, Ill., woman admitted Thursday in Adams County Court to supplying items needed to manufacture methamphetamine.
Yolanda G. Bowen, 43, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors, a Class 2 felony. Bowen was originally charged with unlawful meth conspiracy. That charge was dismissed and a sentencing cap of 3 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections was agreed to in exchange for her guilty plea. She is eligible to receive probation when she is sentenced May 9 by Judge Scott Walden. If the Probation Department recommends probation for Bowen, the state's attorney's office will suggest probation, as well. Walden is not bound by those recommendations.
First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said Bowen's name surfaced during an investigation by the West Central Illinois Task Force. The Task Force was investigating pseudoephedrine purchases being made by several people, Farha said.
Farha said Bowen bought pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the meth-making process, 18 times before her arrest Dec. 20, 2011. Farha said Bowen was supplying the pills that she bought, gathered pills from others and supplied them to Gregory S. Maynor. Maynor was indicted in September on charges of unlawful meth delivery and unlawful possession of meth precursors charges. His case is on the May jury docket.
Bowen has been free since posting $600 bond Dec. 13. This is her second drug conviction. She pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in 2004. She received 30 months of probation in that case.