Previous felony conviction cancels Quincy man's sentencing on meth charge

Posted: Oct. 10, 2013 8:31 pm Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 9:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The sentencing of a Quincy man who had pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine charge was canceled Thursday after he was found to have been untruthful with the court about his previous criminal record.

Quentin K. Peoples, 36, had pleaded guilty to meth possession Aug. 7. The plea, which would have included a sentence of probation, was contingent upon Peoples not having any previous felony convictions on his record. During the pre-sentence Investigation, the Adams County Probation Department found that Peoples had several previous felony convictions when he lived in Tennessee.

"I was confused because I thought it meant if I had any previous felonies in Illinois," Peoples said to Judge Scott Walden in court Thursday when Walden asked why Peoples didn't reveal his previous criminal history before the plea agreement. "Those happened in 1997 in Tennessee. I didn't think it would pop up on my record. That's why I misunderstood."

Peoples' plea was withdrawn, and the case was put back on the jury docket and set for a Dec. 9 trial.

Peoples was one of two people arrested May 29 after members of the West Central Illinois Task Force served a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of Locust. Peoples and Shawna L. Hill, 37, of Quincy, were arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful meth production after the task force reportedly found meth, several shake-and-bake meth labs, meth manufacturing materials, cannabis and drug paraphernalia at the residence.

Adams County First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said Peoples admitted to suppling the pseudoephedrine pills to Hill so that she could cook the meth. Farha said Peoples made 50 pill purchases between November 2010 and the date of the arrest. He had been blocked from buying pills nine times.

Hill pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful meth manufacturing Wednesday. Three other charges against Hill were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. She is subject to a cap of seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections when she is sentenced by Walden on Nov. 22. Hill is currently being lodged at the Adams County Jail.

Peoples has been free since posting $1,000 bond July 5.