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Man enters plea in Walker motel meth cook, explosion

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) ā€“ A Kentwood man with a history of drug abuse admitted to running a methamphetamine lab at a Walker motel that resulted in an explosion and small fire that left him with burns to his hands.

Jason Edward Vroma appeared in Kent County Circuit Court today where he pleaded guilty to operating a methamphetamine lab. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a habitual felony offender charge.

The methamphetamine operation took place in a bathroom at America's Best Value Inn & Suites at Alpine Avenue and Three Mile Road NW.

Myers ran out of the bathroom Feb. 24 with his hands on fire and extinguished the flames in a snowbank, according to earlier testimony. Myers and a co-defendant were on the run until police caught up with them a month later.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber on Tuesday ordered Vroma held in the Kent County Jail until he returns for sentencing on Dec. 3. Vroma, 38, faces up to 20 years in prison.

His co-defendant, 41-year-old Christina Myers, was sentenced in August to between 2 and 20-years in prison for her role. The Dowagiac woman has a 2012 conviction in Van Buren County for a similar offense that sent her to prison for three years.

They are among nearly two dozen people prosecuted in Kent County this year for maintaining a methamphetamine lab or delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine.

Walker police and fire were called to the budget motel off Int. 96 after an explosion and fire was reported in a bathroom of room 102.

By the time police arrived about 12:15 a.m., the pair had fled and the fire was out. Police discovered a one-pot meth lab in the bathroom shower, which included ammonium nitrate, Coleman camping fuel and lithium batteries. Police arrested Myers in Cass County.

Myers, who was on parole for the 2012 conviction, told investigators she drove Vroma to a second getaway car after they fled the motel, court records show.

Vroma was identified on surveillance video buying ingredients used to make meth. The Kent Area Narcotics Team and the Michigan State Police Meth response Team also assisted at the scene.