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A California man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine ring selling the drug in the Madison area.

Sean Brown, 34, of Los Angeles, was sentenced in federal court in Madison by U.S. District Judge William Conley.

Brown pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in August.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Brown shipped at least 6.25 pounds of methamphetamine into the Madison area from California.

That much meth put Brown into the 10-year minimum sentence category.

The judge said at sentencing that Brown supplied the large quantity of meth for the Wisconsin ring just a few weeks after he had been released from jail in an unrelated case.

Five of the eight defendants pleaded guilty for being in the meth ring. Brown is the second to get sentenced; Christopher Dutton of Madison was sentenced to 15 years in prison in October.

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