Quincy man facing gun, meth charges after September hotel incident accepts 12-year prison sentence in plea deal

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Public Defender Christopher Pratt, left, talks with Colton Parsons during his sentencing hearing Tuesday morning in Adams County Circuit Court. | David Adam

QUINCY — A Quincy man was sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his connection to a September incident at a Quincy hotel.

Colton Parsons, 28, of 2407 Cedar appeared in Adams County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning with Public Defender Christopher Pratt before Judge Tad Brenner.

Parsons pled guilty to one count of unlawful possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine (more than 15 grams but less than 100), and Brenner sentenced him to seven years on that count. Parsons also pled guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, and Brenner sentenced him to five years on that count.

The two sentences must be served consecutively. Parsons is eligible for 50 percent sentencing under Illinois’ truth in sentencing law. He was given credit for 61 days served in the Adams County Jail. 

As part of a plea agreement, a charge of armed violence was dismissed.

Officers with the Quincy Police Department and West Central Illinois Task Force executed a search warrant at the Quincy Inn and Suites, 224 N. 36th, at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1. 

Parsons was the target of the search warrant in a room on the second floor.  Officers made contact with Parsons in the hallway of the second floor of the hotel.  Parsons fled down the hallway from officers with a Sig Sauer P365 pistol in his left hand.  A second team of officers apprehended Parsons in the west stairwell. Parsons was taken into custody after a brief struggle. No shots were fired by Parsons or law enforcement. 

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