- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls man has been sentenced to federal prison for making methamphetamine and causing an explosion in his 94-year-old grandfather’s garage.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris sentenced 47-year-old Christopher Stefani to 12 years in prison Thursday.

Stefani previously pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine stemming from a July 2014 incident. His grandfather’s caregiver went into the garage July 9 and found burn marks and Coleman fuel. A neighbor said a white cloud of smoke came out of the garage July 8 and that Stefani had driven quickly down the alley afterward.

The caregiver called authorities who said they found receipts for pseudoephedrine, coffee filters, liquid fire sulfuric acid and other items consistent with making meth. A lab determined other items from the scene contained the drug.

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