Four-year sentence handed out from December meth charge

By Ryne Turke on April 1, 2015 at 8:29am

The second man arrested in December on methamphetamine charges in Jacksonville was sentenced in Morgan County Court Tuesday.

39-year-old Tarus Johnson was sentenced to four-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

Johnson was arrested with 43-year-old Michael Emerson in the 700 block of South Kosciusko. Police believed that meth was being cooked at the residence, and then the waste product was being dumped into Mauvaisterre Creek.

In addition to jail time, Johnson was fined over $2,000 and given a two-year mandatory supervised release.

Morgan County State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean says the sentence was appropriate based on the nature of the offense and criminal history.

Bonjean adds why he believes Johnson will serve the full jail sentence.

“Based on information from the public defender, he will have to serve the entire sentence because he is homeless. If you are homeless, the Department of Corrections will not parole you because you don’t have a location to be paroled to,” says Bonjean.

Emerson was given a four-year sentence to the IDOC in February.