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Dubuque Man Charged In May Meth Lab Fire Sentenced

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A Dubuque man whose meth lab caught fire near a school last May will spend close to 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade sentenced 47-year-old Cory Cole to 234 months in federal prison. Cole pleaded guilty in October to attempting to manufacture methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.

Cole admitted to attempting to cook meth on May 30 at a residence in Dubuque. The lab caught fire, which spread in the house. Two other individuals were home at the time. Neither had anything to do with Cole's meth making, authorities said.

The residence was located within 1,000 feet of Fulton Elementary School.

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