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Dubuque man to serve more than 23 years for making meth

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On Monday, a federal judge sentenced a 43-year-old Dubuque man to more than 23 years in prison. On Monday, a federal judge sentenced a 43-year-old Dubuque man to more than 23 years in prison.
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On Monday, a federal judge sentenced a 43-year-old Dubuque man to more than 23 years in prison.

Rory Zirkelbach pleaded guilty February 28 to one count of manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a protected location following a prior felony drug conviction.

The sentence is for a May 31, 2012 incident in which a failed attempt by Zirkelbach at manufacturing methamphetamine lead to a fire in his second-floor Dubuque apartment on Jackson Street.

According to a media release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Iowa, a bus driver passing by the duplex that day stopped his vehicle and yelled at Zirkelbach's neighbor standing on the front porch that the house was on fire. The woman entered the burning structure and got her sleeping child.

Upon investigation, Dubuque fire officials found remnants of the meth lab that caused the fire.

This apartment complex was within 1,000 feet of Fulton Elementary School and Comiskey Park, which are both protected areas.

Zirkelbach had a prior felony conviction from 1998 of possession with intent to deliver amphetamine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

On Monday, federal judge Linda Reade sentenced Zirkelbach to 235 months in federal prison. The judge imposed a special assessment of $100 and ordered Zirkelbach to make $40,803.64 in restitution for fire damage.

After prison, Zirkelbach will also serve a 10-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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