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Cleveland Man Convicted in 2005 Fire Deaths of 9

fire-house 2CLEVELAND (AP) — A former drug dealer has been found guilty at his retrial in the arson deaths of a woman and eight children during a Cleveland birthday sleepover — the city’s deadliest house fire.

A federal court jury returned the verdict Friday against 30-year-old Antun Lewis.

Lewis was convicted at his first trial in the 2005 fire. The conviction was overturned based on a defense complaint about unreliable jailhouse informants.

The fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other youngsters.

Authorities say Lewis was upset over a drug debt, doused a floor with gasoline and set the fire.

Lewis is a convicted drug dealer who knew some of the victims. He denies wrongdoing and says he was home several blocks away when the fire started.

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