SYCAMORE – A 29-year-old DeKalb man who police said led a methamphetamine-cooking operation last year around DeKalb was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison, while six assistants received probation.
Thomas Wilkinson agreed to plead guilty to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. In exchange, prosecutors dropped all other charges against him, including a more serious charge of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing that carried a possible prison term of between six and 30 years.
Wilkinson will receive credit for the roughly four months he has served in jail while the case was pending.
Prosecutors said the defendants were participants in a methamphetamine ring centered at Travel Inn in DeKalb. Some who were charged were accused of buying pseudoephedrine, an key ingredient for methamphetamine, court records show.
Six others accepted plea agreements Tuesday in connection with the methamphetamine conspiracy and were released from jail.
Malgorzata Dutkowska, 24, of DeKalb, could have faced between six and 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, but was sentenced to three years’ probation on the condition she does not consume alcohol and that she receives a substance abuse evaluation.
The following men were sentenced to 21/2 years of probation with the same conditions: Keith Kifer, 48, of DeKalb; Michael Dumiak, 30, of DeKalb; Greg Hurst, 52, of DeKalb; Joseph Waldrop, 30, of DeKalb; and Carlos Tomas, 24, of Marion. All the men, with the exception of Hurst, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine precursor. Hurst pleaded guilty to attempted possession of methamphetamine precursor.
Of those who were sentenced Tuesday, Tomas was the only defendant without a previous criminal history, said Duke Harris, DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney.
Charges remain pending against nine others accused in connection with the methamphetamine conspiracy.
Those who were sentenced to probation Tuesday will next appear in court May 1 to show they are complying with their substance abuse evaluations.