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Medford woman gets probation for hash oil explosion that damaged home

A woman accused of causing an explosion while making hash oil that damaged a home and injured herself and another more than a year ago received 18 months' probation and must pay back $10,258 in restitution.

Kasandra Ann Covarrubias, 20, of Medford, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless burning, a misdemeanor, in Judge Patricia Crain's courtroom in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday. A felony count of unlawful manufacture of marijuana and additional misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault were dropped.

Court records show Covarrubias does not have any additional criminal history in Oregon.

"You got quite the deal, so you'd better take advantage of it," Crain said.

The sentence stems from a March 2015 incident that occurred at a duplex in the 2000 block of Ridge Way in Medford. Prosecutors said Covarrubias and 20-year-old Monty Vernon Stevens, whom Covarrubias referred to in court as her fiance, were making hash oil inside their home, which they were renting, when the butane exploded. The structure sustained more than $10,000 in damage, and Covarrubias and Stevens sustained burns. Both were transported to the hospital, according to Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Nick Geil.

Covarrubias declined additional comment.

Stevens, who also does not have any additional criminal history in the state, is scheduled for a plea change hearing on Sept. 2, court records show.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.