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Conn. man with cancer to be sentenced in priest's methamphetamine operation, seeks time served

A Connecticut man who helped a priest sell methamphetamine is seeking a reduced sentence, citing poor health and saying the priest was the driving force behind the drug sales.

Waterbury resident Kenneth DeVries (DAH'-vreez) pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He's scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Hartford.

DeVries has been held since January. He has prostate cancer. He faces about three to four years in prison under guidelines but wants a sentence of time served. He says he looked up to Monsignor Kevin Wallin as a religious leader who was supposed to help him.

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

Prosecutors say DeVries had a limited role in the conspiracy.

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