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Bristol man sentenced to eight years in meth lab explosion

March 4th, 2014 12:11 am by Staff Report

Bristol man sentenced to eight years in meth lab explosion

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GREENEVILLE — A Bristol, Va., man was ordered to serve more than 8 years in prison and pay almost $100,000 in restitution after he was convicted of operating a methamphetamine lab that exploded at an area apartment complex.

Jason Anthony Carter, 35, was sentenced Monday to 97 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to manufacture meth, possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials used to manufacture meth, and creating a substantial risk of harm to human life while manufacturing meth.

Carter was also ordered to pay $98,911.13 to cover clean-up costs and damage to an apartment building.

Amanda Beth Steadman and James Hulon Steadman were indicted in 2012 on similar charges and sentenced in November 2013 to 77 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

Carter was convicted in October 2013, following a two-day jury trial.

Carter was charged after the meth cook exploded, causing extensive damage to the apartment and the evacuation of most of its residents. Amanda Steadman also suffered serious burns.

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