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Meth maker gets 12 years in deadly lab blast

A Fort Wayne man has been ordered to serve 12 years of a 14-year prison sentence for his role in a December fatal meth lab explosion.

Whitley County prosecutors charged Joshua B. Angus, 25, in March with reckless homicide, attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, failure to appear and false informing.

In December, Angus, Wade T. Burns and Alecia Stine were making meth in Stine’s home in Miami Village Mobile Home Park, east of Columbia City, when a bottle Stine was using exploded.

The glass from the bottle struck her in the throat, neck and arm. But Burns and Angus fled the mobile home, leaving Stine behind with her two children, bleeding and suffering from chemical burns, according to police. She later died.

Earlier this year, Angus pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and attempt to manufacture meth.

On Monday, Whitley Circuit Judge James Heuer sentenced Angus to 14 years in prison on the meth charge – suspending two years – and eight years on the reckless homicide charge. He ordered the sentences to be served at the same time, according to prosecutors.

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