Abou-Arab takes plea deal after mistrial
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) —
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.