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Quincy woman admits guilt in meth-manufacturing case, faces 11 years in prison

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By DON O'BRIEN Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy woman could spend up to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to a methamphetamine charge.

Linda I. Colon, 34, pleaded guilty to an amended charge stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in the 600 block of North Sixth -- unlawful meth manufacturing, a Class 1 felony. She was originally charged with aggravated unlawful meth manufacturing, a Class X offense. In exchange for her guilty plea, Colon faces a sentencing cap of 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections when she is sentenced May 30 by Judge Scott Walden. Colon is eligible for probation.

Adams County First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said Colon allowed her residence to be used for the manufacture of meth. He said officers with the West Central Illinois Task Force and Quincy Police Department served a search warrant on the residence Sept. 4 and found several people upstairs with an active meth lab. Among those involved, Farha said, were Jermaine Q. Harper, Tadarryl Washington and Kristin Washington, all of whom were arrested in connection with the case.

Tadarryl Washington and Kristin Washington, who are married, have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Harper had charges in the case dismissed as part of a plea agreement in another case.

Colon, who now lists a Springfield address, had her bond revoked at the end of Thursday's hearing and was placed in the Adams County Jail until sentencing. That was done over the objection of her lawyer, Public Defender Brent Jansen.

Colon tried to appeal to Walden, as well.

"I am doing very well in recovery," she said. "I've really had a breakthrough in my treatment."

Farha said Colon had been dismissed from her first rehabilitation program after she bonded out of the Adams County Jail in late January. She had her bond revoked March 13. Colon posted $1,150 bond the next day. She said she was planning on starting a new treatment program in Springfield.

Colon is a December 2011 graduate of the Adams County Drug Court program. During Thursday's hearing, she asked whether her name was going to be taken off the plaque that hangs in Courtroom 2B that lists all of the Drug Court graduates.

"My name is going to stay on the plaque, right?" she asked.

Walden said her name would remain.

-- dobrien@whig.com/221-3370

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