St. Elmo man gets 15 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to making meth

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 46-year-old St. Elmo man was sentenced Wednesday in Fayette County court to 15-years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to one of four meth related felony charges.

Darin Julius pleaded guilty to a Class X felony charge of manufacturing between 15 and 100 grams of meth, in exchange for three other charges being dismissed.

Julius will receive day-for-day credit on his sentence and will be required to serve three years parole when released. A $5,000 cash bond was applied to fines and fees and he was given credit for 151 days served in the county jail.

In addition to the charge to which he pleaded guilty, Julius was originally charged with possession of more than 900 grams of meth and manufacturing of more than 900 grams of meth, both Class X felonies, plus disposal of meth manufacturing waste, a Class 2 felony.

Julius was first taken into custody on the charges in September 2013, after the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department had a warrant issued for his arrest.

A jury trial in the case was scheduled for Monday, but Julius instead entered into the plea agreement during yesterday’s pre-trial hearing.