By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man who traded methamphetamine for rent payments was sentenced Monday to 30 months probation.
Frank J. Mullet, 51, avoided prison because he had little prior record, Judge Scott Walden said. Walden ordered Mullet to spend the next 30 days in the Adams County Jail as part of a 180-day jail term. Mullet last month pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful use of property, a Class 2 felony. Walden could have sentenced Mullet to between three and seven years in prison.
The Adams County Probation Department recommended probation. As part of the plea agreement, the state's attorney's office said it would make the same recommendation.
However, First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said he did so "reluctantly."
"(Mullet) was trading for meth so that he and his (girlfriend) could use meth and ignore their children," Farha said. "They were responsible for the house and allowed it go on."
Mullet was one of five people arrested during a West Central Illinois Task Force raid on a house in the 2000 block of Hampshire on Dec. 19. He is the second to be sentenced for his role in the crime. Earlier this month, Sheldon L. Broome, 33, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to unlawful meth manufacturing.
Mullet told officers that he would accept finished meth in exchange for rent payments for others living in the house. Broome was among those who were living at the house.
Before Walden handed down his sentence, Mullet apologized.
"I am sorry that they made meth in my home," he said.
Since being released from the Adams County Jail after posting $1,000 bond on Jan. 3, Mullet has been going through treatment and has tested clean.
"He is making amends with his children," said Public Defender Brett Jansen. "(Mullet and his girlfriend) are making great steps to clean up their life. They are moving very swiftly through the DCFS program to get their children back. He is doing things to make himself better than he was in December of last year."
Mullet's girlfriend, Danielle D. Wolkitt, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors. She will be sentenced by Walden on April 18.
Mullet's son, William, has his case set to be heard on the May jury docket. He is the only one of the five who were arrested who has yet to reach a plea agreement. William J. William Mullet, 31, faces a Class X charge of aggravated unlawful meth manufacturing.
His girlfriend, Rita R. Black, 25, pleaded guilty last month to meth manufacturing of less than 15 grams, a Class 1 felony. Her sentencing is set for May 6.
Frank Mullet was given credit for 23 days already served in the Adams County Jail. He faces fines and court fees of $4,082.