Wade Bonk, no stranger to prison life, will serve a little over two decades in federal and state prisons for his latest crime as leader of a conspiracy selling high volumes of powerful meth.

That’s several years less than U. S. District Judge James Shadid could have imposed Wednesday under sentencing guidelines on Bonk, 41, of Pekin. His federal prosecutor cited Bonk’s 13 past felony convictions when she sought the case maximum of 365 months, or about 30 years. 

“Please be hesitant before deciding my fate,” Bonk emotionally asked Shadid. “I will not give up on myself” with the help of a new passion for religion, but, “Rehabilitation is impossible if I have nothing to look forward to.”

Shadid acknowledged Bonk had struggled with several mental issues, including bi-polar disorder, since his family-troubled childhood. His defense attorney said alcohol and drug abuse had fueled many of his violence-related crimes.

But running a three-person conspiracy to sell more than three pounds of nearly pure methamphetamine over five months was a crime of planning for profit, Shadid said.

As for Bonk’s prior record, “At some point your past does dictate, maybe, your future,” Shadid said.

He imposed Bonk’s sentence of 262 months to run concurrently with the 15-year term Bonk received last July in Tazewell County Circuit Court in several cases, including meth possession. Those preceded his federal conspiracy indictment in December 2017.

Bonk will serve that term, in which he’ll receive day-for-day credit, in state prison before finishing the remainder of his time in federal prison. Required to serve at least 85 percent of his federal term, he could expect 18.6 years of total imprisonment.

From May to September of 2017, Bonk conspired with Darcy Kampas, 42, and Timothy Wood, 41, both also of Pekin, to purchase “ice meth” from suppliers in Iowa and northern Illinois and sell it in the Pekin area, according to the federal charge.

All three pleaded guilty last year. Wood was sentenced last September to 20 years in prison. Kampas, whose prosecutor said was Bonk’s connection to the meth suppliers, is expected to be sentenced Thursday.

Bonk’s 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 was also questioned but not charged in connection with two murders.

A psychologist who examined Bonk testified Wednesday that Bonk told him police investigations cleared him in the two murders when he was 16 and 31 years old.