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Antun Lewis will be sentenced in deadly arson Tuesday
Cleveland man has lost his bid for a third trial
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

The man convicted twice of setting a fire that killed a woman and eight children in Cleveland is to be sentenced Tuesday. 

U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver turned down separate motions today by Antun Lewis for a new trial and for an acquittal. 

Lewis was convicted in December of arson in the 2005 fire that killed a woman and eight children. The children were in the home for a birthday sleepover. 

Lewis had been convicted in the same case in 2011, but Oliver decided some of the witnesses were unreliable and ordered a new trial. 

The case was tried in federal court because the woman was getting federal housing assistance.

 

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