A federal judge has sentenced a North Alabama satellite technician who admitted to illegally selling anabolic steroids to a Monroe County doctor to 5 months in prison, followed by 3 years’ probation.

Ashley Dewayne Rivers, of Morgan County, was granted by Chief U.S. District Judge William Steele the 50 percent sentencing reduction he likely would have been eligible for had his cooperation efforts paid off as he had tried to help law enforcement investigators pursue other cases.

“I don’t think it’s lost on you that this is a serious offense,” Steele said.