LittekenChristopher Litteken    A Trenton man was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after previously pleading guilty to unlawful delivery of a methamphetamine precursor.
    Following a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon in Clinton County Circuit Court, Judge Stan Brandmeyer handed down the 6-year sentence to Christopher Litteken, 45, of Trenton.
    Litteken pleaded guilty per an open plea last August to a Class 2 felony charge of unlawful delivery of a methamphetamine precursor.
    According to the terms of the open plea, two other charges for participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and methamphetamine conspiracy, both Class X felonies, were dismissed.
    A co-defendant, Marc A. Jarvis, 44, of Trenton was previously sentenced to nine years in prison for his role after pleading guilty last May to possession of methamphetamines.
    Jarvis was initially charged last October with six counts; however, four of the six counts were dismissed and Jarvis pleaded guilty, per a negotiated plea, to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful possession of methamphetamines, both Class X felonies.
    The other counts, Class X felony methamphetamine conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste, and methamphetamine-related child endangerment, all Class 2 felonies, were dismissed.
    Court documents state that between Oct. 19 and Oct. 24, 2016, Jarvis and Litteken allegedly participated in the manufacturing of 400 but not more than 900 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine with the intent that a substance containing methamphetamine be produced at a home in the on West Missouri Street in Trenton. 
    An original date for a sentencing hearing for Litteken was set in October, but, probation officer Christy Foster said at the sentencing hearing on Monday that social media posts indicated that Litteken could possibly harm himself or others at the courthouse on that date.  Prosecutors recommended a bail increase in September of last year after Litteken was released on bond.
    “I was concerned that he was going to do something at the courthouse or force someone in the courthouse to harm him,” Foster said, adding that she had supervised him off and on since 2009.
    During the hearing, state’s attorney John Hudspeth asked for the maximum sentence (up to seven years) and that the sentence should be necessary to “deter others for the same crime.”
    Litteken’s attorney Brian Polinske said that prison time for Litteken would be a waste of money — approximately $38,000 is lost per year to incarcerate an offender.
    In addition, Polinske said, instead of incarceration, Litteken needs to be treated for several disorders, including alcohol abuse and personality disorder. “These underlying psychological disorders have not been addressed and fixed and if he went to prison, they will not be solved,” Polinske said.
    He then asked for inpatient treatment and a psychiatrist to help get him out of the cycle.
    Litteken made no statement of allocution, only stating that, “at this point, there is nothing that I can say that will change anything anyway.”
    Judge Brandmeyer said that Litteken’s parents, who have been at every single court hearing, have had their son’s “best intentions, however, he  (Litteken) cannot seem to take control of his life.”
    “You need to grow up and take responsibility for your actions,” Judge Brandmeyer told him. “I get that you hate prison, but you are not supposed to like it. In fact, most people will do anything in their power to not go back to prison.”
    He then sentenced him to six years in prison.
    In addition to the sentence, Litteken was placed on two years of mandatory supervised release, or parole. 
    Judge Brandmeyer did not implement any fines for Litteken, stating that he didn’t want to penalize his parents who have been supportive to him while he “squandered” away.

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