Monday, April 1, 2013
By Michael P. Mayko
HARTFORD — On Jan. 3, Monsignor Kevin Wallin was prepared to leave on a two-week vacation in London, before authorities arrested him for dealing crystal methamphetamine.
On Tuesday, the 61-year-old Wallin made preparations for a much longer trip — this one to federal prison for at least 10 years as a result of a guilty plea to participating in a conspiracy to deal the drug.
Wallin, once a charismatic priest with a knack for fund raising, is expected to enter a guilty plea before Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello. He is the first of five defendants in the case to plead. The others, including his next door neighbor and close confident, Kenneth Devries and his two meth-addicted California suppliers, Chad McCluskey and Kristen Laschober and Michael Nelson, pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy charge and are awaiting trial.
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