Suspect in fatal Ohio arson fire to be sentenced

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A man twice convicted of killing nine people in Cleveland's deadliest arson fire is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

Thirty-year-old Antun Lewis of Cleveland faces a possible life term in prison on Friday. The fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other youngsters attending a birthday sleepover party on May 21, 2005.

Authorities said Lewis, upset over a drug debt, used gasoline to douse the first floor of a three-story building. Lewis, who knew some of the victims, denied wrongdoing and said he was at home, several blocks away, when the fire started.

Lewis' conviction in his first trial was thrown out after the judge ruled that jailhouse informants used by prosecutors were unreliable.

Families of the victims have been upset about the delays.

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