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Figure In “Monsignor Meth” Case Sentenced

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut man who helped a priest sell methamphetamine has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Fifty-three-year-old Kenneth DeVries  of Waterbury was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

DeVries, who has prostate cancer, had asked to be sentenced to time he’s already spent in jail. He could have faced up to four years.

Prosecutors say DeVries had a limited role in the conspiracy involving Monsignor Kevin Wallin.

Wallin, who has been called “Monsignor Meth,” pleaded guilty to a drug charge in April. He faces 11 to 14 years in prison.

DeVries has said he looked up to Wallin as a religious leader and someone who was supposed to help him.
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