Acquiring ingredients for meth gets woman prison time

2009-12-09T00:00:00Z Acquiring ingredients for meth gets woman prison timeBy DAVE FOPAY, Staff Writer

CHARLESTON — A rural Mattoon woman agreed to prison time when she admitted taking part in obtaining an ingredient to make methamphetamine.

Lorilee A. Gaston, 28, 6843 Dole Road, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine precursor. She was accusing of obtaining cold or allergy medicine with pseudoephedrine to use to make the drug from December of last year to April of this year.

Gaston was sentenced to four years in prison for the offense that could have resulted in a three- to 14-year prison term, though prison time wasn’t required. She was also ordered to pay fines totalling $1,100.

In the agreement reached in her case, a charge of driving under the influence of drugs was dismissed. Records show that Gaston has an earlier methamphetamine offense conviction for which she originally received probation but was sentenced to prison because of violations, both in 2002.

Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick imposed the sentence based on recommendations by Assistant State’s Attorney Tracy Robinson and Public Defender Lonnie Lutz. The case against a co-defendant, Lamar VanDyke, 38, also of 6843 Dole Road, is pending.

In other cases in court recently, guilty pleas were also entered by:

-Trenton C.D. McGee, 20, 211 Polk Ave., Charleston, to burglary and theft charges alleging he burglarized a home on July 10, 2008, and stole a computer from Charleston High School on Oct. 26.

McGee was sentenced to three years in prison for the burglary offense, which was reduced from residential burglary and would have required a prison term of four to 15 years. The theft charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and McGee was ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in restitution.

Circuit Judge Teresa Righter accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Neumann and defense attorney Jeannine Garrett recommended.

-Joseph W. May, 25, of Forest City, Ark., to a charge of aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer alleging he engaged an Illinois State Police trooper in a 100 mph-plus chase on Interstate 57 ending at Mattoon on Aug. 26.

The charge was a felony because May reportedly exceeded the speed limit by at least 21 mph and he was sentenced to a year in prison. Righter also ordered a $1,000 fine, equal to the amount of bond May had posted. Neumann and Lutz recommended the agreement.

Police records in the case indicate that the trooper first spotted May on a motorcycle going 100 mph near Neoga, and his speed reached 118 mph before the chase ended. The trooper found that May has several convictions for driving with a suspended license, the records say.

-Michelle L. Pierce, 26, of Neoga to a theft charge alleging she stole merchandise from the Mattoon Walmart on Nov. 21 of last year.

The charge was filed as a felony because the value of the stolen items was at least $300 but was reduced to a misdemeanor. Terms of Pierce’s one-year probation sentence included payment of more than $600 in restitution with credit paid by a co-defendant if she’s convicted.

Pierce was also fined $200 and received jail time that was stayed, meaning she could be ordered to serve it later if she violates any probation terms. Righter accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Mick McAvoy and Garrett recommended.

The case against the co-defendant, Barbie A. Stewart, 45, also of Neoga, is pending.

- Greg D. Lauter, 29, 3329 Shelby Ave., Mattoon, to a misdemeanor charge of driving while license revoked alleging he drove without a valid license on Dec. 21.

The felony charge of the same offense, which alleged Lauter had a prior revoked license conviction, was dismissed. He received two years of conditional discharge, supervision with fewer restrictions than probation. Righter accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Bucher and defense attorney L. Stanton Dotson recommended.

Contact Dave Fopay at or 238-6858.

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