A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges in a methamphetamine manufacturing and child endangerment case.
Robert W. Avery, 46, pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture meth and to a misdemeanor count of child endangerment in a plea deal with the prosecutor’s office.
Avery had been facing more serious charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and felony child endangerment. His plea agreement calls for concurrent terms of no more than seven years on the drug conviction and one year for child endangerment. The deal also would dismiss a felony theft count and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge he is facing.
Circuit Judge David Dally ordered a sentencing-assessment report on Avery and set his sentencing hearing for Dec. 1.
The drug and endangerment charges stem from an arrest May 17 when a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy went to Avery’s home looking for another man and spotted the defendant shaking a one-liter soda bottle near an outdoor fire. The bottle contained chemicals used in the manufacture of meth. A probable-cause affidavit states that Avery’s stepson was nearby at the time.