- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. attorney says an eastern Iowa man who caused a fire the damaged six mobile homes while attempting to manufacture meth has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade on Thursday sentenced 27-year-old Michael Landon Monroe Lala to prison after he pleaded guilty in January to attempting to manufacture meth.

In a plea agreement, Lala acknowledged that in November 2013 he was cooking meth in a mobile home in Hiawatha when a bottle tipped over, causing a fire that destroyed the structure and damaged five neighboring mobile homes.

In the agreement, Lala also admitted making meth many times between 2012 and 2014.

After his 20 years in prison, Lala must serve three years of supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.



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