Watseka man sent to prison in meth case

WATSEKA — A 50-year-old Watseka man was sentenced to eight years in state prison Tuesday for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Iroquois County Judge Gordon Lustfeldt sentenced Doug Depatis to the eight-year prison term for participation in meth manufacturing and sentenced him to four years in prison, to be served concurrently, for unlawful use of property.

Depatis, who had previously been to prison for manufacturing meth and aggravated battery, had faced a sentence ranging from four and 15 years.

A jury found Doug Depatis guilty Aug. 28 of participation in meth manufacturing, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, unlawful possession of meth-manufacturing materials, unlawful use of property and unlawful possession of meth waste.

Lt. Josh King and patrolman Ryan Garfield of the Watseka Police Department and investigator Clint Perzee of the Iroquois County sheriff's office testified at his trial about the search warrant they executed at 115 S. Sheridan St. in Watseka on May 3.

There, officers found Depatis and Josh Huff, 38, of Watseka, using the chemicals and equipment consistent with the manufacture of meth, along with assorted drug paraphernalia. Police arrested both men at the scene.

Huff pleaded guilty to participation in meth manufacturing for an agreed six months in the county jail and four years of probation.

Depatis' case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Alexander O'Brien. Public defender Dale Strough represented Depatis.

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