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Meth offender, 80, sentenced to 10 years

The U.S. attorney's office says an 80-year-old man arrested after trying to ship 23 pounds of methamphetamine from Washington state to Alaska by car has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute the drug.

This despite Ronald Hall's plea that he "did not want to die in prison." Prosecutors say that in the late 1990s, the Bellflower, Calif., man was convicted of meth trafficking and sentenced to five years. He told the court then that he had cancer and only a year to live. But he completed his prison term and returned to drug dealing.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma, Wash., handed out 10 years, saying, "The pity jar was emptied last time, Mr. Hall."

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