The 41st criminal conviction that Wade Bonk of Pekin logged Friday will put him in federal prison, possibly for life.
Bonk, 40, will serve at least 13 years with his guilty plea in Peoria’s U.S. District Court for conspiring with two others to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of highly pure methamphetamine last year.
His criminal history, however, will likely add years to the sentence that U.S. District Judge James Shadid will impose on Nov. 2. Short of a life sentence, he’ll be required to serve at least 85 percent of his term.
Co-defendants Darcy Kampas and Timothy Wood, both 41 of Pekin, have already pleaded guilty in the conspiracy case filed last December. Wood will be sentenced next Thursday, Kampas on Nov. 1. All three remain in custody.
From May through mid-September last year, the three purchased “ice meth,” a highly pure form of the manufactured drug, from suppliers in Iowa and Northern Illinois, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Legge told Shadid in Bonk’s plea hearing.
Bonk supplied most of the money for the purchases, then used a network of “lower-level dealers” to sell it in Tazewell County and Peoria, Legge said. Kampas and Bonk prepared the meth for sales in the home they shared with Kampas’ two children.
Their conspiracy ended when Pekin police stopped Bonk’s car and found him possessing meth and a ledger detailing his business with his dealers, Legge said.
Bonk still faces prosecution in Tazewell County in that case. Kampas also has two Class X meth-related cases pending in Peoria County. It remains unknown whether prosecution will continue in those cases in light of their federal convictions, and whether sentences they produce would be additional to their federal prison terms.
Bonk has logged 13 felony convictions among his 40 total criminal cases in Tazewell. The federal conviction was his first related to illegal drugs.
His prior felonies include restraining and threatening a girlfriend with a knife and a hate crime for punching an African-American man in a tavern. He also was questioned but not charged in connection with two murders.