Lewis has been convicted of setting Cleveland's deadliest arson in history. (Source: WOIO)
Nine people died in the fire. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Antun Lewis has learned his fate, after being convicted of setting Cleveland's deadliest arson in history.
A jury convicted him in 2011, but a judge ordered a new trial.
He then got convicted again.
His hearing started at 1:30 p.m. Friday and wrapped up around 5 p.m. He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The images are burned into our memories. Lewis set a fire at a home on East 87th Street on May 21, 2005. One woman and eight children were killed. The kids were at a birthday sleep over.
Prosecutors argued he poured gasoline to start the fire over an unpaid drug debt.
The victims were Medea Carter, 33, Antwon Jackson, 14, Devonte Carter, 15, Moses Williams Jr., 14, Maleeya Williams, 12, Ernest Tate Jr., 13, Miles Cockfield, 13, Fakih Jones, 7, and Shauntavia Mitchell, 12.
Medea Carner's mom, Evelyn Martin, lost her daughter and all of her grandchildren during that fire.
"You did it. You killed my daughter. You killed my all my grandbabies," she said to Lewis. "The judge was a better defense than the defense tam was!"
The defense argued that Lewis, who has been to prison six times, had a rough childhood with convictions dating back to when he was 12.
"This judge is going to take it upon himself to say he didn't come up right? I been living on Hough my entire life guess what I've never done? I've never burnt a house down!" said Emanuel Golden Sr., the uncle of a victim.
Lewis' family is outraged as well. His mom, Brenda Lewis said, "My son should be free he did not commit this crime, The murderers are still out running the streets enjoying life."
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