DANVILLE – A 39-year-old Danville man who was arrested last November following a methamphetamine investigation by the Illinois State Police could spend up to 15 years behind bars.
Robert P. Hempel Jr. was scheduled to stand trial on Monday on drug and explosives charges.
He pleaded guilty on Monday to an amended charge of participating in methamphetamines manufacturing and possessing an explosive or incendiary device, both Class 1 felonies.
Hempel's sentencing is set for April 10.
Hempel was arrested on Nov. 28 at a residence in the 400 block of Montclaire in Danville.
Officers initially found methamphetamines and materials to manufacture the drug in his truck during a traffic stop.
They later searched the Montclaire home and discovered more drug manufacturing items and an explosive device.
State police called in the University of Illinois bomb squad to detonate the explosive.
In exchange for Hempel's plea, two methamphetamine charges and charges from two separate drug-related cases in 2005 and 2006 were dismissed.