Meth maker gets 18 years in prison

A Vandalia man who was arrested on methamphetamine charges twice in a three-month period was sentenced to prison on Monday after pleading guilty.
Eric L. Hohlt, 45, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
Hohlt was sentenced to nine years on each of the two counts, with the sentences to be served consecutively, according to court records.
Each of the counts is a Class X felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
Hohlt was first arrested in December of last year, when he was charged with the manufacture of between 400 and 900 grams of methamphetamine, a Class X felony, and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, a Class 2 felony.
A trial on those charges was scheduled to begin next Monday.
On March 2, Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed new charges against Hohlt after his arrest for meth offenses.
At that time, Friedel charged Hohlt with participation in methamphetamine manufacturing; unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia, one of the ingredients in meth manufacture; and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, including bicycle inner tubes, a partial can of Heet, burned foil strips, coffee filters and a plastic drinking straw.
Arrested with Hohlt earlier this month was Angela Bone, a Greenville resident. She was charged with the same offenses.
A preliminary hearing for Bone is set for April 9.
Bone also was arrested on meth charges prior to being charged earlier this month.
She was charged in June of last year with possession of up to 20 grams of a methamphetamine precursor and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials.

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