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Abou-Arab takes plea deal after mistrial

A stunning end to Ray Abou-Arab trial on Thursday.

An abrupt end today to the trial of Ray Abou-Arab on Thursday morning.

Abou-Arab entered Alford pleas to amended charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated arson.

He was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Abou-Arab had faced two counts of aggravated murder and murder, eight counts of aggravated arson, and a one count of tampering with evidence.

The stunning turn comes after a witness testified Wednesday that Abou-Arab previously failed a polygraph test.

That forced Lucas County Judge Stacy Cook to declare a mistrial on Thursday morning.

Polygraph test results are almost always considered inadmissible in court due to questions of reliability.

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