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Mattoon woman gets prison for second recent meth conviction

Mattoon woman gets prison for second recent meth conviction

CHARLESTON -- A woman was sentenced to prison when she admitted having methamphetamine less than a month after receiving probation in an earlier case charging the same offense.

Miranda E.J. Quast, 24, of Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a charge accusing her of having the drug on Oct. 29.

With the agreement reached in her case, Quast received a two-year prison sentence, the minimum prison term possible for the conviction.

Prison time wasn't required, but her earlier conviction meant she was eligible for a sentence of up 10 years, twice the usual maximum.

Also with the agreement, a charge accusing Quast of having methamphetamine on March 20 was dismissed. Prison time for that offense, had she been convicted, would have to have been added to the sentence for the October offense.

Quast received the probation sentence on Oct. 3 when she pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession and battery charges. She received a record of unsuccessfully completing that probation sentence and one she received in October for an obstructing justice conviction.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Quast by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that prosecutors Ralph Fowler and Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended.

Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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