Another member of trio arrested at Fernwood residence for making dangerous drug reaches plea deal

By Ryne Turke on March 25, 2015 at 7:25am

A Jacksonville man involved in an alleged methamphetamine-making operation from September pleaded guilty to charges in Morgan County Court this afternoon.

Forty-one-year-old Lance Looker was arrested by Morgan County Deputies, at around midnight on September 21st at 13 Fernwood Ave.

39-year-olds Robert Russell and Heather Cox were arrested along with Looker; Russell was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections last December.

Morgan County State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean says Russell was cooking meth in the garage.

“Looker was involved with some other individuals in a meth lab. His girlfriend was the actual occupier of the residence,” says Bonjean.

“Looker and his girlfriend, who still has charges pending, were involved in that situation. The actual cook had a lengthy criminal history with methamphetamine and prompted his sentence to the Department of Corrections.”

Bonjean explains that Looker had no prior felony history, which led to the following plea deal.

“We’re looking a a period of probation for him with some state jail time,” says Bonjean.

“He got credit for 10 to 15 days that he served after arrest, prior to posting bond. The balance of the 180 was stayed for review for the court to review his compliance with the conditions of probation.”

Bonjean says Looker will also undergo substance abuse treatment.

A count of unlawful use of property was dismissed in the plea deal. Bonjean says that charge applied more to Cox.

Cox will appear next in court on April 8th.