A former South Pekin man will serve a 10-year prison term as an area “kingpin” of meth manufacturing and sales.

John Pennington, 60, faced up to 60 years when he pleaded guilty in October to aggravated meth manufacturing and armed violence. The latter charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement that required him to appear for sentencing Friday. He had been free on bond.

A special Pekin Police Department task force arrested him in November 2016 after determining he had manufactured up to 400 grams of methamphetamine in his South Pekin home. Officers found meth-making equipment there as well as nine firearms.

A man who said he had made meth with Pennington in the residence also told police Pennington used the weapons to threaten individuals and made statements about harming others with them, court records stated.

“I’d say he was a key player” in Pekin-area meth production, a police spokesman said after Pennington’s arrest. “We want the (meth-making) cooks, the kingpins, and that’s what he is.”

Pennington will be given credit for 227 days he spent in custody after his arrest and day-for-day credit, which could reduce his imprisonment to less than five years.

Another charge of making meth in a residence with two young children present also was dismissed in the plea agreement.