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A Madison man considered the leader of a methamphetamine distribution ring has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Christopher Dutton, 43, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William Conley in federal court in Madison.

Dutton pleaded guilty to charges in August.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Dutton was the first of eight people charged in an indictment in March to be sentenced for conspiring to distribute meth in the Madison area.

Dutton brought at least 1.7 kilograms of nearly pure methamphetamine into the Madison area from California.

A 10-year mandatory minimum sentence was lengthened by Conley because of Dutton's role as leader of the drug ring.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.