Feb 5, 2016 5:40 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
A former Thermalito man has been sentenced to more than ten years in state prison for a honey oil lab explosion that seriously injured two teenagers.
32 year old Branden Qassem, now of Pittsburgh, California, was sentenced in Butte County Superior Court Thursday for felony child endangerment and manufacturing concentrated cannabis resulting in great bodily injury.
The convictions stem from an explosion and fire in his home on November 5th, 2014.
It was started by vapors from butane gas in an operating honey oil lab.
The explosion was so violent it knocked the house off its foundation and nearly killed Qassem's 13 and 15 year old nephews.
One boy had second and third degree burns to 45 percent of his body, the other ... over 60 percent of his body.
They were hospitalized for months and will face numerous surgeries in the future as they grow out of their grafted skin.
Qassem was also seriously injured.
And his wife, Angela, was convicted of one felony county of child endangerment for allowing finished honey oil within the reach of her one year old child.