Priest’s drug accomplice gets jail time

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A California man who supplied four pounds of methamphetamine to a Roman Catholic priest’s drug operation in Connecticut has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

Forty-four-year-old Chad McCluskey of San Clemente was sentenced to 65 months Wednesday in federal court in Hartford. Prosecutors sought eight years, while defense lawyers wanted a maximum of five years.

McCluskey and his girlfriend, Kristen Laschober of Laguna Niguel, California, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges for supplying meth to now-suspended priest Kevin Wallin of Waterbury. Laschober awaits sentencing.

McCluskey apologized for his actions. He said he was overcome by his addiction to meth and never meant to hurt anyone.

Wallin, a former Bridgeport pastor, pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge for selling meth from his Waterbury apartment. He faces 11 to 14 years in prison.

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