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Lengthy Prison Sentence For Convicted Drug Offender

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 964

A Saint Augustine man will spend well over a decade in prison after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge earlier this week.

Knox County Circuit Court records indicate 36-year-old Jessup Henry was sentenced Wednesday to 22 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 81 days served in jail, along with three-years of mandatory supervised release, on a felony charge of Participation in Methamphetamine Production.

Five other felony-related methamphetamine charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

Knox County prosecutors say Henry was in a car pulled over in Galesburg around January fourth, and a search turned up a backpack filled various meth-making materials ranging from coffee filters, a propane tank plug, and others.

Henry reportedly told police at the time that he’d been involved in meth-making since last August.

Knox County Assistant State’s Attorney Elisa Tanner says had Henry not made the guilty plea and accepted the sentence, he was facing arrest on federal charges, and a potential of life in prison.

Henry must serve 75-percent of his sentence under Illinois law — or, about 17 years — before he can be considered for release.

Court records also indicate that Henry was sentenced to Knox County’s Drug Court program back in 2009 after pleading guilty to felony meth-related charges.