By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy woman was sentenced Thursday to serve 7 1/2 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to two meth-related charges.
Elizabeth A. Jett, 28, entered a negotiated guilty plea in Adams County Circuit Court. Under terms of the agreement, she will spend 5 1/2 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine -- a charge reduced from the original charge of aggravated meth manufacturing.
Jett also will serve two years on a separate charge of possession of meth precursors without a prescription. A second possession count was dropped as part of the negotiations.
The two sentences will be served consecutively for a total of 7 1/2 years.
Jett has a history of meth use. She was sentenced in May 2011 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to being involved in a meth-manufacturing operation with her mother, Gail Maroon, at a mobile home park near 36th and Maine.
Jett was released from prison and was on parole when she was arrested Jan. 22 for aggravated participation in meth production at her apartment, 734 N. Fourth.
Jett's arrest was part of a "parolee compliance check" conducted by local law enforcement agencies. Twelve people on parole for various offenses were arrested on new criminal charges, most of them involving drugs.
Gary Farha, first assistant state's attorney for Adams County, said in court Thursday that an investigation prior to Jett's arrest showed that after she was released from prison, she made 10 purchases of pseudoephedrine -- a meth precursor -- in late 2013 and was blocked two other times. It is a crime for anyone convicted on meth charges to buy pseudoephedrine pills.
When investigators arrested Jett on Jan. 22, they searched her residence and found evidence of meth-making materials.
Judge Scott Walden asked Jett on Thursday why she started turning to meth again after being released from prison.
"I was doing really good until I became homeless, then I lost all hope," Jett said.
Walden asked Jett what she planned to do in the future once she is released from prison after this latest go-around with meth.
"Stay sober," she replied, adding that he would look for a church to help her out if she needed support down the road.
"You're still going to be very young when you get out," Walden told her. He encouraged Jett to use her time in prison to seek rehabilitation from drug use.