Two arrested for Clay Court meth operation get sentenced

By Gary Scott on April 9, 2015 at 7:28am

A Jacksonville man accused of making methamphetamine in a Housing Authority property received a prison sentence yesterday.

Thirty-year-old Ashton Haley of the 500 block of Walnut was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections yesterday for participation in meth manufacturing.

The original charge was aggravated meth manufacturing, but Morgan County State’s Attorney Robert Bonjean explains the charge was amended from a Class X to a Class 1 Felony.

“In terms of reviewing the investigation and information, also taking into other considerations, in terms of Mr. Haley’s cooperation, I was looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of six years, and finally, Mr. Kessinger and I came to the agreement of five and a half [years],” Bonjean says.

“In order to get five and a half, I had to amend it to the Class 1, with a sentencing range of 4 to 15 [years].”

Possession of a meth precursor and possesion of meth-manufacturing materials charges were also dropped. Haley was given credit for 157 days served in jail and was ordered to serve two years of mandatory supervised release, and was fined $2,235.

Haley is accused of having produced less than 15 grams of the drug at the residence of Aurora Dixon in the 300 block of Clay Court when he was arrested on November 3rd. Haley was represented by attorney Ron Kessinger.

The 24-year-old Dixon also pleaded guilty in court yesterday to charges of unlawful use of property. She received a sentence of two years probation, 22 days in jail, and was fined $1,605.