Junction City Man Sentenced For Meth Related Charge

(SALEM, IL) — A 44-year-old Junction City man has been sentenced to 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty Thursday in Marion County court to the lesser meth-related charge against him. Gregory Brooks was arrested in January after two Marion County Sheriff’s deputies found two “shake and bake” meth labs in two-liter soda bottles in a derelict car on the property where he had been staying. They also recovered waste items used in the earlier manufacture of meth in a burn pile and other manufacturing items in two buildings on the property. Deputies had responded to the location on Monroe Street after receiving information there may have been meth activity at the location. Brooks was arrested and ultimately charged with Class X felony manufacturing between 100 and 400 grams of meth, and possession of between 100 and 400 grams of meth, along with Class 2 felony disposal of manufacturing waste. He pleaded guilty Thursday to the Class 2 felony in exchange for the other two charges being dismissed. Brooks has remained in the Marion County Jail since his arrest, with bail set at $100,000. In addition to the 7 year prison sentence, he’ll have to serve 2-years mandatory supervised release after his prison term is completed.