- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Goose Creek man who pleaded guilty in a methamphetamine lab explosion that killed three people has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Area media outlets report that U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleston sentenced 41-year-old Shonni Abernathy on Wednesday.

Abernathy pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.

Three people died in the fire in a Goose Creek apartment complex that resulted from an explosion on May 31, 2012.

The victims included Abernathy’s 19-year-old daughter, Morgan, and a cousin she was babysitting, 4-year-old Sammy Garbe. Sixty-nine-year-old Joseph Raeth died in a neighboring apartment unit.

Abernathy is the last of four co-defendants sentenced in the case.

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