Meth, DUI charges net Quincy man seven years in prison

David A. Day
Posted: Mar. 21, 2013 6:31 pm Updated: Apr. 4, 2013 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man will spend seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to two felony charges.

David A. Day, 48, entered guilty pleas Wednesday to charges of unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and aggravated driving under the influence. Day waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation so he could immediately start his prison sentence.

Judge Mark Drummond agreed to the state's attorney's office's recommendations of four years in prison on the meth count and three years on the DUI. He will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Day was arrested July 19 and charged with DUI. According to Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones, it was Day's third DUI arrest, which made the charge aggravated.

He was out on bond when members of the West Central Illinois Task Force served a search warrant in the 900 block of Chestnut on Sept. 17. Task force members seized reaction vessels, Coleman fuel, sulfuric acid, salt, lithium, batteries, glassware and a large amount of meth waste. Agents also seized cannabis, hydrocodone pills and drug paraphernalia.

Jones said Task Force members found three "one-pot" meth labs at the residence. An 18-month child was found at the residence at the time of the search warrant.

Day was arrested with Angel D.R. Smith, 23. During Smith's preliminary hearing, Quincy Police officer Nick Hiland, a member of the West Central Illinois Task Force, testified that a shake-and-bake meth bottle was found four to six feet away from the baby's crib.

Last month, Smith was sentenced to 24 months probation after she pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors. She was given TASC probation, meaning that if she successfully completes it, the felony charge will be stricken from her record.

Prior to Drummond's sentencing, Day asked if he could speak. He told the court that he had completed a residential rehabilitation program through Recovery Resources and was doing outpatient therapy. He said that he had been sober for six months and planned to take anger management classes.

Day's lawyer, Chief Public Defender Holly Henze, said that the sentence Day received was the minimum allowed for the charges. She said the state's attorney's office took into consideration his treatment record during the plea negotiations.

Day was taken into custody after the hearing. He had been free since posting $1,000 bond in the meth case on Nov. 7. He was given credit for 72 days served in the Adams County Jail.