Saturday 18 November 2017

Bad break for real-life Walter White

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'.
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'.

Eleanor Steafel

A real-life meth dealer called Walter White -- the name of the protagonist in Breaking Bad -- has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for selling the drug in Montana.

The 53-year-old dealer -- who happens to bear the same name as Bryan Cranston's character, in the hit American drama -- was arrested in January when he was found selling meth to Nebraska oil field workers. White was only discovered to be the main dealer in the region when he was shot by his own son following an alleged dispute over a drug debt. A Montana judge said: "He ended up getting shot by his son. Thirty two and a half pounds of methamphetamine coupled with guns and violence is about as serious as you can get." White was initially sentenced to nine years in prison for dealing meth, but US District Judge Don Molloy added three years to his sentence for a firearms conviction and five years of probation which prevents him from owning a gun or any weapon.

Irish Independent

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