Man sentenced to more than eight years for meth lab explosion and fire

GREENEVILE, Tenn. - A Bristol, Virginia man has been sentenced in connection with a meth lab explosion back in August of 2012.

35-year-old Jason Anthony Carter was sentenced Monday, in U.S. District Court in Greeneville, to more than eight years in prison for conspiring to make meth, having items used to make meth and creating a substantial risk of harm to human life while making meth.

According to evidence presented in trial, Carter cooked meth in the Bristol, Tennessee apartment of Amanda Beth Steadman and James Hulon Steadman, using the "one-pot" method.  While cooking, several explosions happened, which set fire in the apartment, and led to the evacuation of the apartment building.

Amanda and James Steadman pleaded guilty to charges against them on November 26, 2013.  Each was sentenced to serve 77 months in prison, followed by supervised release.  Carter was convicted in October 2013, after a two-day jury trial.

Once Carter is released from prison, he will be on supervised release for three years.  Carter was also ordered to pay $98,911.13 in restitution for clean-up costs and damage to the apartment building.

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