Abou-Arab sentenced to 20 years in plea deal; mistrial declared

Published: May. 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM EDT
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Ray Abou-Arab has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on two involuntary manslaughter charges and two aggravated arson charges for the deaths of two Toledo firefighters in 2014.

This comes after Lucas County Judge Stacy Cook declared a mistrial in Abou-Arab's case. He then was offered a plea deal and accepted it.

Abou-Arab accepted an Alford plea to two counts of aggravated arson and involuntary manslaughter.

Abou-Arab is the carry out owner accused of setting his Magnolia Street apartment building on fire to collect insurance money back in 2014. He was facing murder and arson charges.

While on the Wednesday stand, Toledo Police detective Sgt. Keefe Snyder was being cross examined about how he says he knew Ray Abou-Arab was lying.

Snyder testified he heard that Abou-Arab failed a polygraph test, but polygraphs are not admissible in court.