Meth maker gets 10 years; husband’s trial is this week

Five days before her husband went to trial on a charge alleging the manufacture of methamphetamine, a rural Beecher City woman pleaded guilty to that offense.

Diana L. Griffith, 47, accepted a 10-year prison sentence in pleading guilty last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.

In accepting a plea bargain, Griffith pleaded guilty to the manufacture of less than 400 grams of methamphetamine.

Griffith and her husband, Charles E. Griffith, 48, were arrested on methamphetamine manufacture charges after a raid on their residence by the Fayette County Sheriffs Office.

A jury trial for Charles Griffith got under way on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court with the selection of a jury.

That jury was one of three selected on Monday, with other trials either delayed or no longer needed.

A jury trial for Michael E. York, 29, of Ramsey, was delayed to give his attorney more time to obtain documents that may be used in Yorks defense.

York was charged in November of last year with the intentional homicide of an unborn child.

The charge filed by Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel alleges that York struck Krystal Heggie on Oct. 28 of last year, and that his actions caused the death of Heggies unborn child.

In a motion that he filed last Friday, Fayette County Public Defender Edwin Potter asked that the trial be delayed so that he may have time to secure more evidence.

He claims that he learned last Thursday of a statement reportedly given by Heggie to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Potter also stated in his motion that he wants to obtain photographs of York that were reportedly taken by the sheriffs office after the alleged incident on Oct. 28 of last year.

The intentional homicide of an unborn child is punishable by up to 60 years in prison.

Assistant States Attorney Matthew Chancey filed on behalf of Friedels office on Friday a notice stating that the office does not intend to seek the death penalty in the event of a conviction in this case.

Jury trials were also scheduled to get under way on Monday for Elvin M. Pizzo of rural Vandalia, who was charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol, and John A. Farace of St. Louis, who was charged with an offense related to registering as a sex offender.

Pizzo, 39, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol while his license was revoked and accepted a 21-month prison sentence.

Farace, 50, signed an open guilty plea for a charge of failure to complete annual registration as a sex offender. His sentencing hearing is on Sept. 25.

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