Nine years in meth case

 A Vandalia man has been sentenced to nine years in prison on a methamphetamine charge.
Michael P. Ambuehl, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday to an amended charge of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
The reduced charge filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison alleged that Ambuehl participated in the manufacture of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine in a structure in which a person under the age of 18 was present.
Judge Marc Kelly of Vandalia accepted the guilty plea, which included dismissal of four other counts filed against Ambuehl in February.
The other charges include a reduced charge of aggravated participation in up to 900 grams of meth; participation in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation; possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, including peeled lithium batteries, liquid fire, empty pseudoephedrine boxes, lye, crystal drain cleaner and blister packs; and methamphetamine-related child endangerment, which alleged exposing a child to the meth-manufacturing environment.
Ambuehl, who will be required to serve at least 75 percent of his sentence, was given credit for 68 days he has served in the county jail.
Ambuehl and Ashley Vandiver were charged in February with making methamphetamine at a residence in the 900 block of West St. Louis Avenue.
Vandiver, 25, also of Vandalia, pleaded guilty at the beginning of April to a charge of methamphetamine manufacturing.
She was sentenced to three years in prison, with that sentence to be served concurrently with a three-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance.

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