By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Loraine man was sentenced to probation Wednesday on methamphetamine and misdemeanor stalking charges in Adams County Circuit Court.
Charles E. Jenkins, 55, was sentenced to 24 months of non-judgment probation by Judge William Mays, was fined $4,000, ordered to serve 30 hours of public service and sentenced to 60 days in the Adams County Jail. Jenkins received credit for 15 days already served. The rest of the jail time was stayed.
Jenkins was arrested Oct. 20, 2012, by Quincy police officers after an incident in the 1600 block of North Sixth. According to police, Jenkins showed up at a residence, pointed a gun at an ex-girlfriend and threatened her. He was arrested a short time later at a residence near Sixth and Maple.
Adams County First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said that per the wishes of the victim, the most serious charges of armed violence were dismissed. Jenkins pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to the misdemeanor stalking charge. Farha said the victim also asked for leniency in sentencing.
While out on bond in that case, Jenkins was arrested in a meth bust at Kropps Court, a trailer park in Mendon, on March 28. He entered an Alford plea to one charge of unlawful possession of less than five grams of meth. An Alford plea means that Jenkins didn't admit his guilt, but agreed that there was enough evidence to convict him if the case had gone to trial.
Two other more serious meth charges, including a charge of aggravated unlawful meth production, were dismissed.
Jenkins' attorney, Barney Bier, argued that his client deserved a chance at probation.
"You have someone here with real potential," Bier said. "He would benefit from probation."
The plea agreement that Jenkins reached with the state's attorney's office was for a sentence of probation, and Mays concurred. Jenkins told made that he "made some mistakes during that period of my life."
Mays said he agreed to the probation sentence, because Jenkins had little prior record of drug offenses. According to Adams County Circuit Court records, this is Jenkins' first felony conviction. Because he received non-judgment probation, Jenkins could have the conviction erased from his record should he successfully complete all the terms of his probation.
He was one of two people arrested in the Mendon trailer park incident. Also arrested was Christina L. Metz, 58, of Mendon. She was found guilty last month by an Adams County Circuit Court jury of an unlawful participation in meth manufacturing charge. She's being held in the Adams County Jail and faces up to 30 years in prison at her Jan. 6 sentencing.