Valdosta Daily Times

September 18, 2013

Man with cancer, AIDS gets 27 months in priest’s meth operation

The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — A man who helped a priest sell methamphetamine was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 27 months in prison.

The defense attorney for Kenneth DeVries had sought a reduced sentence of time he’s already spent in jail. He said DeVries, 53, has advanced prostate cancer and full-blown AIDS and was influenced by his drug addiction and respect for the priest.

DeVries, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He could have faced up to four years in prison under sentencing guidelines.

Prosecutors had said “some accommodation” for DeVries might be appropriate because he had a limited role in the operation run by Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who has been nicknamed Monsignor Meth by media outlets.

DeVries was a neighbor of Wallin’s and sold meth for him when Wallin was unavailable, prosecutors said.

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