Clay County man sentenced to prison on meth conviction

CLAY COUNTY — A 25-year-old Clay County man was sentenced to 7 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to manufacturing methamphetamine while a child under the age of 15 was present.

Kevin Dietz, of Edgewood had reached an agreement to plead guilty earlier this month, but information had not yet been received from the federal government regarding possible federal charges.

But days later during a rescheduled plea hearing Dietz chose to withdraw his guilty plea and the cause was reset for yesterday, when he agreed to plead guilty to a Class X felony charge of aggravated participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In exchange for his plea, Class 2 felony charges of meth-related child endangerment and possession of meth manufacturing material were dismissed.

Dietz was arrested over the summer, the result of an ongoing investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force and with the assistance of the Clay County State’s Attorney, resulted in multiple people being arrested in edgewood on methamphetamine related charges.

Dietz was arrested along with Sarah Russell and Henry Dietz, both also of Edgewood.