Man gets 4 years in prison for meth lab near ‘Dosh High School

By Nick Kovatch on December 4 at 4:30pm

The Mount Sterling man accused of making methamphetamine at a residence just a few hundred feet away from Meredosia High School will spend the next four years in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old James Bowman pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials earlier today in Morgan County Circuit Court. As part of the plea agreement, a lesser charge of possession of methamphetamine was dismissed.

Morgan County state’s attorney Robert Bonjean says Bowman was arrested October 14th after deputies tried to serve a warrant at a residence at 1 Water Plant Road.

“It’s my understanding the way law enforcement came upon the residence was that they had information that someone who had a warrant was staying there but that person ended up not being there,” says Bonjean. “When they knocked on the door they were hit with the overwhelming smell of chemicals.”

Bonjean says meth produced at a separate lab was found at the residence and belonged to Bowman.

People living at the residence were questioned but not arrested in connection with the meth activity.

Bonjean says several factors played a role in settling on a four year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

“Obviously, with Mr. Bowman’s history we took that into consideration,” says Bonjean. “Took into consideration the strength of our case, the materials that were present there, the residents and, obviously, the location and it’s proximity to Meredosia school.”

Bowman was represented by public defender Thomas Piper.