City man gets five year prison sentence for meth crime

By Nick Kovatch on January 21 at 1:18pm

Rodney Deskovich will serve the next five years in prison.

A third person charged with making methamphetamine in a Jacksonville apartment the day after Christmas will serve several years in prison.

Twenty-nine-year-old Rodney Deskovich pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a meth precursor this morning in Morgan County Circuit Court. He’ll spend the next five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Daniel and 25-year-old Nicole Deskovich were arrested with Rodney Deskovich on December 26th in the 600 block of West College in connection with the meth lab.

Robert Bonjean is Morgan County state’s attorney.

“Mr. Deskovich was attempting to get a job somewhere,” says Bonjean. “That job opportunity fell through, so they decided to get high. Apparently, along the way their thought process didn’t work like normal people. I’m sure it was disappointing not to get that job, but the answer isn’t to go buy psuedoephedrine and try to make meth. Hopefully, that message can be hammered into their heads.”

Charges of aggravated participation of methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Rodney Deskovich was serving probation on previous convictions of unlawful use of property and domestic battery.

“He allowed his property – another apartment building, not the same one – a shake-and-bake meth lab to be present in his apartment,” says Bonjean. “Whether he really knew about it or not was up for question. On that earlier case he didn’t have any criminal history and that’s why he got probation. Once he got this new charge we filed petitions to revoke his probation in both the domestic battery and unlawful use of property case.”

He’ll serve a concurrent sentence of three years in prison for unlawful use of property and 180 days for domestic battery.

“Now we’ve got, kind of, two strikes against him,” says Bonjean. “He’ll be in the Department of Corrections for several years and, hopefully, he can get the help in there to treat his addiction so when he comes out he won’t get in the predicament again.”

Nicole Deskovich was sentenced to seven years in prison last week in connection with the meth lab and a slew of other charges. Daniel is serving two years probation for his participation in the meth lab.