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Sentencing delayed for man convicted of setting Cleveland's deadliest fire

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Sentencing has been delayed for the man convicted of setting Cleveland's deadliest fire.

Antun Lewis was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday but his sentencing has now been pushed back until August 22nd.

Lewis was convicted in February. A jury found him guilty of setting the blaze on East 87th Street back in May 2005 that killed nine people. Among the deceased were 8 kids and 1 adult.

Apparently new evidence has surfaced. A 42-year old convicted sex offender swears he conspired with jailhouse snitches to lie about Lewis' involvement in the deadly fire.

It was all part of a plan to get their sentences shortened.  

The victims of the fire were identified as 7-year-old Faith Jones, 12-year-old Shauntavia Mitchell, 13-year-old Miles Golden Cockfield, 13-year-old Antwon Jackson Jr., 14-year-old Moses William Jr., 15-year-old Devonte Carter, 12-year-old Maleeya Williams, and 33-year-old Media Carter. All of the victims died from smoke inhalation.

Defense lawyers are expected to present this new evidence at an August 5th hearing.

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