Jury finds Quincy man guilty of meth charge

James M. Altgilbers (Submitted Photo)
Posted: Mar. 19, 2013 5:47 pm Updated: Apr. 9, 2013 5:58 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

An Adams County jury found a Quincy man guilty of a methamphetamine manufacturing charge on Tuesday.

James M. Altgilbers could be sentenced to up to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections when Judge Mark Drummond sentences him May 30. Altgilbers was found guilty on a Class 1 felony charge of meth manufacturing and a Class 3 meth possession charge. Because Altgilbers has a previous meth conviction, he faces extended sentencing guidelines on each count.

Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones presented 11 witnesses during the two-day trial. Altgilbers did not take the stand in his defense. The jury deliberated for about an hour before coming back with the guilty verdict.

Altgilbers was arrested Jan. 5 by members of the Quincy Police Department at an apartment building in the 1400 block of North Sixth Street.

"Officers testified that when (Altgilbers) came out of the residence, a cloud of smoke that they knew to be associated with meth making came out with him," Jones said.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the apartment and found evidence that tested positive for meth. They also found meth making materials and meth waste.

Members of the QPD, Illinois State Police and West Central Illinois Task Force testified. A fingerprint expert and a chemist were also used by the prosecution.

Altgilbers was out on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in the DOC on two separate charges in April 2010. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years on a meth possession charge and two years on an aggravated Driving Under the Influence charge. In 2003, Altgilbers received 2 1/2 years in the DOC after pleading guilty to bringing cannabis into a penal institution.

Altgilbers has been lodged at the Adams County Jail since his arrest in lieu of a $75,000 bond.