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Man draws 8-year prison sentence for honey oil lab explosion

A 47-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in prison in connection with a 2014 explosion caused by a honey oil extraction lab at a Rancho Cordova apartment.

Wade Stevenson was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet. A jury in August convicted Stevenson of manufacturing concentrated cannabis and recklessly burning an inhabited structure, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Jan. 22, 2014, firefighters responded to reports of a loud explosion and fire at an apartment on Mills Tower Road in Rancho Cordova. Law enforcement officers found an illegal butane honey oil extraction lab in the bathroom of a ground floor apartment. Officials said the blast blew out a wall and window of a neighboring apartment.

Because of the structural damage, the electrical, gas and water supplies for the apartment complex were turned off, causing 146 tenants to be displaced from their homes, authorities said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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