By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man pleaded guilty to methamphetamine charges in two cases during a hearing Wednesday afternoon in Adams County Circuit Court.
Bruce A. Blevins, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful meth-related child endangerment and one count of unlawful possession of meth precursors. In exchange for his pleas, Blevins will face a sentencing cap of eight years in prison.
He was ready to be sentenced by Judge Scott Walden during the hearing, but Blevins' attorney, Todd Nelson, asked Walden to ask the Illinois Department of Corrections to place Blevins in the state's impact incarceration program.
Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones objected to the request, saying it was not part of the plea negotiation. Walden said he would not suggest what is commonly referred to as boot camp for Blevins without a pre-sentence investigation being done prior to sentencing. Blevins will be back in court Monday to decide whether he wants to accept the plea agreement as it is now or wait six weeks until a pre-sentence investigation can be done in the case.
A sentence to boot camp would significantly reduce Blevins' time in prison. If he is assigned boot camp and completes it, Blevins could be finished with his sentence in six months. If he fails, he will be required to serve the rest of his prison sentence.
Blevins was arrested twice on meth charges less than seven months apart. His first arrest came when members of the West Central Illinois Task Force served a search warrant at Blevins' residence at 208 S. 12th, Apt. B. Jones said a shake-and-bake meth lab, numerous items used in the meth-making process and meth waste were found inside the residence. Jones said Blevins' sister and her three children, ages 8, 6 and 5, lived at the residence and were exposed to a meth-making environment.
After originally having his bond set at $100,000 in the case, Blevins had his bond lowered to $3,000 so that he could enter residential treatment Feb. 19.
While out on bond in that case, Blevins was arrested again by officers with the task force June 23. Jones said Blevins had bought pseudoephedrine pills, a key meth-making ingredient, at Wal-Mart. He was arrested after a traffic stop on Ill. 57 near Eighth Street just south of Quincy. Pills were found underneath the front seat of the vehicle.
He has been in the Adams County Jail on a $75,000 bond since his latest arrest.