SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Bellevue hash-oil maker to nine years in prison for an explosion and fire that destroyed an apartment building and led to the death of a former mayor.
The sentence Judge James Robart issued to David Richard Schultz II was slightly shorter than the 10-year maximum term requested by the U.S. attorney’s office.
Schultz had been using butane, a highly explosive gas, to make the concentrated marijuana product when the explosion occurred at the Hampton Greens Apartments on Nov. 5, 2013. Nan Campbell, an 87-year-old who was Bellevue’s first female mayor, tripped as she escaped, broke her pelvis and died of complications two weeks later.
Two other residents suffered broken bones jumping from windows and balconies.
Prosecutors said they requested the maximum sentence to send a message that Washington’s legalization of marijuana in 2012 did not give anyone license to engage in dangerous home production of potent pot extracts.
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