Third sentence doled out in case of trio arrested for hotel meth lab

By Gary Scott on March 8, 2016 at 12:35pm

One of three men accused of running an active meth lab last August has reached a plea deal.

Thirty-four-year-old Brian Downs of the 3-hundred block of East Wolcott was sentenced this morning to three years and six months in the Illinois Department of Corrections for unlawful possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials.

Downs was ordered to serve a two year period of Mandatory Supervised Release, and was fined $1,750.

Downs, along with two other men, Richard Graham of Jacksonville and Virgil Riley of Beardstown, were involved in an active meth cook at the Knights Inn on East Morton when they were arrested, according to authorities.

A charge of aggravated meth manufacturing, along with charges stemming from a meth-manufacturing arrest in 2014, were both dropped as part of the plea deal.

Downs was given credit for 218 days served in jail.

Riley was sentenced late in January to four years in the IDOC, while Graham received a similar sentence last October.