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Meth cook involved in fatal lab explosion gets prison time


ST.JOSEPH COUNTY (WKZO) -- A Sturgis man who survived a fatal Meth-lab explosion last year has been sentenced to three to 20 years in prison.

34-year-old Branden Wayne Romick was given 157-days credit for time served by Judge Paul Stutesman, who presided over the case.

Prosecutors say Romick was involved in a meth cook in the garage of the victim, 30-year-old David Loach at a home on South Andrews St. in Three Rivers in September of 2012, when gases from the meth cook ignited and the device exploded.

Loach was rushed to Bronson Hospital’s burn unit in Kalamazoo with severe burns and lacerations. He died the next day.

Romick’s attorney argued that his client tried to administer aid to Loach before he fled the scene. Police say Romick was gone before first responders arrived.