1 of 5 suspects in Humboldt meth case enters guilty plea

2013-04-19T22:27:00Z 1 of 5 suspects in Humboldt meth case enters guilty pleaBy DAVE FOPAY, JG-TC Staff Writer JG-TC.com
April 19, 2013 10:27 pm  • 

CHARLESTON — A woman who was one in a group of people arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine manufacturing at a mobile home in Humboldt last summer was ordered into a treatment and supervision program with the agreement reached in her case.

Kathy E. Hall admitted taking part in making manufacturing methamphetamine in the mobile home on Southside Drive in Humboldt on Aug. 16. She pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine precursor and was placed on probation for three years.

Hall, 50, had a Charleston address on record at the time of the arrests but her current address on record is in Greenup.

She and the others were arrested after police reportedly found methamphetamine materials when they went to the mobile home looking for another woman wanted for a parole violation. The incident also included one suspect fleeing the scene with a child, who was later turned over to relatives before the suspect was arrested.

With the agreement in Hall’s case, a charge of participating in methamphetamine manufacturing that would have required prison time was dismissed. The charge to which she pleaded guilty accused her of having medicine with pseudoephedrine to use to make meth.

Hall’s probation terms included the Treatment Alternative for Safe Communities program, which focuses on addiction issues. She was also ordered to continue the substance abuse treatment she already started.

Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick also included about $2,200 in fines in the sentence. The judge also imposed jail time but ordered it stayed, meaning Hall won’t have to serve it unless it’s ordered for violations of her probation requirements.

Shick sentenced Hall based on the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings and defense attorney Mervin Wolfe recommended.

Hall is the third of the five suspects to plead guilty in the case.

In December, Tyson A. Hayes was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a methamphetamine manufacturing charge. Hayes, 26, whose address on record was the mobile home where the arrests took place, was the man who fled the scene with the child, his son, who was 3 years old at the time.

Also, Charles O. Howard, 22, for whom records list a Villa Grove address, pleaded guilty to a precursor charge in November and received probation.

Cases are still pending against the other suspects, including Kendra Smith, 21, whose address on record is in Newman. Smith is the person police were seeking for the parole violation and this week a new warrant was issued for her arrest after she didn’t appear for a scheduled court hearing, according to records in her case.

The other suspect is Clinton J. Smith, 26, whose address on record is 10055 U.S. Highway 45, Mattoon, and whose next court hearing is scheduled to take place in June.

Contact Fopay at dfopay@jg-tc.com or 217-238-6858.

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