Feds sentence man to 25 years in Goose Creek meth lab explosion

Jerald McCabe. (Source: BCDC)
Jerald McCabe. (Source: BCDC)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A Goose Creek man was sentenced to 25 years behind bars Wednesday in connection with a meth lab explosion and fire that killed three people at an apartment complex last year.

Jerald McCabe, 34, was sentenced in federal court to 25 years on one charge of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine where children reside.

Sentencing was postponed for 40-year-old Shonni Abernathy, who faces the same charges.

McCabe pled guilty on April 29.

The fire happened at the Pine Harbour Apartment Complex on May 31, 2012.  It destroyed over a dozen units in the apartment located on Harbour Lake Drive.

Investigators say a used, one-pot meth lab was found in the apartment where the fire began, as well as other chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. They also say the two men made meth in the apartment on numerous occasions.

Abernathy's daughter, 19-year-old Morgan Abernathy, was one of the victims in the fire, along with a 4-year-old she was looking after, Samuel Garbe.  Joseph Raeth, 69, was living in an adjacent apartment at the time of the explosion and was also killed.

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