NC man sentenced to 10 years for cooking meth that led to Clover explosion, fire

A convicted felon with past convictions for cooking methamphetamine was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to making more meth in a 2013 incident that led to a Clover explosion and fire.

Casey Stiles, 37, who legally lives in Gastonia, N.C., but has stayed for years in York County, had been charged with methamphetamine manufacture third offense from two prior convictions, but prosecutors agreed to drop the charge down to a second offense in exchange for Stiles pleading guilty.

Stiles court-appointed lawyer, Steve Schusterman, said Stiles was a long-time methamphetamine addict who made the drugs for personal consumption, not sales.

Stiles was arrested in 2013 after a trailer he and another man were in making meth exploded and burned. Stiles fled, but fire and police officials found meth materials and drug paraphernalia.